Olympics: From Tampines to Tokyo, China shuttler Shi Yuqi now a smash hit after S'pore stint

Shi Yuqi (left) was 10 when he was scouted by former Singapore national coach and Singapore Badminton School founder Zhang Qing Song.
Shi Yuqi (left) was 10 when he was scouted by former Singapore national coach and Singapore Badminton School founder Zhang Qing Song.PHOTO: COURTESY OF ZHANG QINGSONG

TOKYO - Shi Yuqi has already won a Youth Olympics gold and China's next badminton hope is also a medal contender at Tokyo 2020.

On Sunday (July 25), the world No. 11 player became the first to make it to the men's singles knockout round after beating Malta's Matthew Abela 21-8, 21-9 in under half an hour at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza. He tops Group H after Surinamese Soren Opti tested positive for Covid-19 and did not fly to Japan.

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