31st SEA Games [Badminton]: Singapore Shuttlers smash their way into SEA Games Team Semi-Finals

Singapore's badminton athletes off to a rousing start with both Women's and Men's teams overcoming the Philippines and Laos in straight sets to book a place in the last four

Reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew kickstarts the winning streak for the Men's team edging out Vixunnalath Phichith (21-12, 21-3). PHOTO: WEIXIANG LIM, SNOC

Hanoi, Vietnam, 16 May 2022 - Singapore's Men and Women Badminton teams have gotten their 31st SEA Games campaign off to the perfect start, smashing their way through to the last four of the team events with straight set victories over Laos and the Philippines.

Women's Team Event

Singapore's top female shuttler Yeo Jia Min laid the foundation for the team's quarter final success with a confident display to clock successive points and win the team's first game of the day in the first Women’s Singles match.

Coming up against Janelle Anne Andres of the Philippines, she sealed the victory in straight sets 21-12, 21-8, in a match which lasted 24 minutes.

Singapore's top female shuttler Yeo Jia Min secured the first point for the Women's team with a comfortable lead of (21-12, 21-8). PHOTO: WEIXIANG LIM, SNOC

Doubles pair Jin Yujia and Crystal Wong's match followed suit, and the duo secured the second point for the team, defeating the pairing of Airah Mae Nicole Albo and Thea Marie Pomar in straight sets in the Women's Doubles 21-14, 21-19.

Sealing the win for the team was Jaslyn Hooi, Singapore's second highest ranked female shuttler. She defeated Mikaela Joy De Guzman in straight sets 21-17, 21-17 in the Women's Singles to earn the third and match winning point for the team to secure a semi-final spot tomorrow.

Singapore doubles pair Crystal Wong (left) and Jin Yujia in action against at the Bac Giang Gymnasium. PHOTO: WEIXIANG LIM, SNOC

The team will be taking on team Thailand tomorrow morning at 10am SGT.

Men's Team Event

In the Men's team event, reigning world champion Loh Kean Yew fired through the Men's Singles, edging out Vixunnalath Phichith from team Laos by a margin in straight sets 21-12, 21-3. Prior to the games, Loh had come out of the Thomas Cup in superb form, defeating his opponents in straight games.

The second game of the match was represented by doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Andy Kwek who went up against Namboun Luangmath and Daomixay Vorlasing in the Men's Doubles.

Although team Laos took the first set with a score of 21-15, the Singaporean duo continued to stay calm and powered through. Eventually, they edged out their opponents in the subsequent sets with a score of 21-8, 21-8.

Rising star Jason Teh secured the win for the team when he outplayed Phonesack Sokthavy in straight sets 21-11, 21-5 in the Men's Singles to end the match with a comfortable lead of 3-0.

Jason Teh secures the win to land the team a spot in the semi-finals. PHOTO: BADMINTON ASIA

The team will play in the semi-finals tomorrow against team Malaysia at 4pm SGT.

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