Making of a badminton champ: Loh Kean Yew left his home, family, school to chase his dreams

Photos of Loh Kean Yew winning the 2009 Malaysia's National Junior Grand Prix Under-12 (left) and representing the Singapore Sports School in 2010. PHOTOS: JONATHAN WONG, SINGAPORE SPORTS SCHOOL
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PENANG - Call it a mother's intuition. For Grace Gan, there were three moments in Loh Kean Yew's life which convinced her that her youngest son could become a successful professional badminton player.

The first was in 2009, when the Penang-born 11-year-old surprisingly won Malaysia's National Junior Grand Prix Under-12 title, beating the more-fancied Lee Zii Jia - this year's All England champion - in the final.

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