Singapore finally had its first Badminton World Federation World Tour Crown when Loh Kean Yew beat China's World and Olympic champion Lin Dan. His win came in the Thailand Masters final.
Ken Yew, who was born in Penang and came to Singapore on a Foreign Sports Scholarship, beat Lin Dan in straight sets 21-19 and 21-18 in what is a surprise upset. He had beaten four other Chinese shuttlers on the way to the final, but Lin Dan is his biggest scalp ever. He took home a prize money of about S$15,000. Previously, Loh had won three bronze SEA Games medals, with two in the men’s singles and men’s team category in 2015, and one more bronze in 2017 in the men’s team category.
Singaporeans from all walks of life started congratulating him on his momentous achievement, and as expected, Ministers also jumped on the bandwagon to offer their congratulations.