SINGAPORE: Just a year ago, Loh Kean Yew was ranked 40th in the world.
Eliminated in the group stages of the men’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics, his last tournament win was two years prior.
By his own admission, Loh was an unknown entity.
The Singaporean’s claim to fame was a 2019 Thailand Masters triumph, where he upset Chinese superstar Lin Dan in the finals.
And within the course of a few dizzying months in 2021, Loh’s life changed.
He won two titles in consecutive months, made the finals of a Super 1000 tournament and then overcame all odds to win the World Championships.
Hailed as the next big thing, expectations rose.
But Loh has preached the same mantra over and over again – consistency, consistency, consistency.
Just as quickly as his performance spiked, he knew that it could also easily dip.