Antonsen, Loh hurdle foes in BWF Singapore Open 2024 openers

Anders Antonsen and Loh Kean Yew hurdled their opening-day foes at the start of the BWF Singapore Open 2024 on Tuesday.

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ANTONSEN, LOH HURDLE FOES IN SINGAPORE OPEN DEBUTS

Antonsen opened his campaign with a 21-17, 21-10 victory over fellow Dane Rasmus Gemke.

The Danish No.4 seed shook off a close opening set with a more dominant performance in the second set to finish off his compatriot.

Loh had the home fans something to cheer about after he pulled off a 25-27, 21-15,21-5 win over China’s Lu Guangzhu.

The Singaporean finally took advantage of a cheering crowd behind him in the second set by never letting Lu win three points in a row.

The win earned Loh a shot against Antonsen in the second round.

AN SE-YOUNG REACHES SINGAPORE OPEN 2ND ROUND, BEATS MYANMARESE FOE

An Se-young posted a 21-14, 21-10 victory over Myanmar’s That Htar Thuzar.

The women’s top seed went off to a strong start before finishing off her oppoenent in just 35 minutes.

An would next face Hsu Wen-Chi of Chinese Taipei in the next round.

The South Korean hopes to win in Singapore this year after claiming the Malaysia and French Malaysia Opens earlier.

INDIA’S SATWIK, CHIRAG SUFFER UPSET LOSS IN SINGAPORE

India’s men’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty sufferred an upset loss on opening day.

The world No.1 pair absorbed a 20-22, 18-21 loss to Denmark’s Daniel Lundgaard and Mads Vestergaard at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Daniel and Mads displayed nerves of steel to claim the opener before emerging victorious again in a close second set.

India’s other bets were also not lucky.

Aakarshu Kashya fell, 7-21, 15-21, to Pornpicha Choeikeewong of Thailand, while Priyanshu Rajawat lost, 21-23, 19-21, to Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu.