Vantage View of a World Champion | Part II

In Part 2 of this interview, Kelvin Ho, Singapore national singles coach, talks about the challenges ahead for world champion Loh Kean Yew, how they plan to counter it, and the impact of the World Championships win in Singapore. (Read Part 1 here.)

What kind of a personality is Kean Yew during tournaments – does he need you to talk to him a lot after the matches, or do you keep away from him, to let him be in his own zone?

After the match I let him be in his zone. We are (usually) in the same room, so whenever we have a meal or in our free time, then we will talk about the next match and what happened the previous match. We will talk about maybe the focus for the match and about shot quality; “this is the thing that makes you lose points”, and so on.

Loh Kean Yew during his winning campaign at the World Championships 2021.

 You’ve seen Kean Yew for a long time. What was it that was so different at the World Championships? It was almost like he’d flipped a switch.

He was feeling very motivated, because he has played a lot of the top players recently. You don’t get that much quality sparring in Singapore. And so he definitely wanted to go all out, he was very hungry to win.

Did he surprise you, the way he kept it going in Huelva?

Yes. The way he played, because in one match against Chou Tien Chen in Bali (before World Championships), when he wanted to play an attacking game, he had barriers in his mind, so after that he overcame it. To play at this intensity in a short period of time, his adaption was good.

So how do you see it going from here? He’s achieved a huge feat. But going forward from here in terms of pressure and expectations, how are you going to manage that?

I think for now, of course, there will be pressure on Kean Yew. But he’s still the underdog compared to Viktor, to Momota and the Indonesians. We do have a lot to learn from these top players. So I think there will not be much change in terms of mindset. And Kean Yew always says you have to start from zero again and go in the same mindset to fight all the way and to improve after each match.

Kelvin Ho and Loh Kean Yew.

In terms of playing style, it’s an interesting time right now, with quite distinct styles in the top players. How do you see Kean Yew’s style evolving? Are you working on evolving it or are you just going to stick to what’s worked so far?

Kean Yew knows there will be more people watching his videos but I think to take away that style is like taking away his weapon. So I think we should keep that but at the same time we need to work on other areas. So to make his game more complete, because like I say, when we play with a certain player we need to apply a certain style so we need to be complete in order to compete with everyone.

What more can we expect now from Kean Yew?

I would like to see the same intensity that he had, the concentration on court that he showed during the World Championshps. At the same time, I would like to see him stronger in other styles, applying different strategies for different opponents, so it won’t be easy for any of his opponents.

How have things changed for you personally since his World Championships win, and as a partnership?

Nothing much. You work hand in hand with the association to make sure that Kean Yew can keep focused on his training and give the best to him. Yeah, I think that’s the most important so we shouldn’t give him much pressure. We should just continue to work on his game to make it more complete. That’s the most important thing.

Kean Yew at his attacking best.

There must be a huge increase in interest in badminton in Singapore?

More local kids are playing badminton because of Kean Yew, definitely. That’s the big difference. So everyone now wants to play badminton!

Lastly, it must have been a huge moment for you as well. How much satisfaction and how much confidence did you take from happened in December? And what does this mean for you going forward?

Yeah, I am very happy. I never dreamed that a World Championships win was possible. But through the experience of seeing all these world class players, I hope to pass down the knowledge to the rest of the players in Singapore so that they are more hungry for success. And of course, with the experience that I gained through international tournaments, be able to share the knowledge and to build up Singapore’s team to have more players to compete at the international level.

I think we still have a lot to learn a lot, because our players still need exposure.

Catch the Singapore team in action as they take on Indonesia, Korea and Thailand in Thomas Cup Group A at the TotalEnergies BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals 2022 in Bangkok (8-15 May).

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24 July 2018
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Spotlight on Momota – Men’s Singles Preview: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018

23 July 2018
Leverdez in Lee’s Way…Again – TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 Draw

Leverdez in Lee’s Way…Again – TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 Draw

17 July 2018
Ahmad/Natsir To Skip Title Defence

Ahmad/Natsir To Skip Title Defence

5 June 2018
Beiwen Zhang Qualifies for World Championships

Beiwen Zhang Qualifies for World Championships

15 May 2018
Momota Qualifies for ‘Worlds’

Momota Qualifies for ‘Worlds’

27 April 2018
Top Stars Well-Placed Before Qualifying Deadline

Top Stars Well-Placed Before Qualifying Deadline

30 March 2018
Wrap: Great Matches – TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Wrap: Great Matches – TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

29 August 2017
Okuhara Prevails in Epic – Singles Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Okuhara Prevails in Epic – Singles Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

28 August 2017
‘Four’ Sure! – Doubles Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

‘Four’ Sure! – Doubles Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

27 August 2017
Lin in Seventh Final – Semi-Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Lin in Seventh Final – Semi-Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

27 August 2017
‘Axel-lent’ Job! – Semi-Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

‘Axel-lent’ Job! – Semi-Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

26 August 2017
Queen Carolina Dethroned – Day 5: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Queen Carolina Dethroned – Day 5: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

26 August 2017
Hong Kong’s Doubles Delight – Day 5: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Hong Kong’s Doubles Delight – Day 5: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

25 August 2017
Chung/Kim Stay in Hunt – Day 4: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Chung/Kim Stay in Hunt – Day 4: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

25 August 2017
Top Seed Tumbles – Day 4: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Top Seed Tumbles – Day 4: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

24 August 2017
Tremors Hit Men’s Doubles – Day 3: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Tremors Hit Men’s Doubles – Day 3: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

24 August 2017
Mama Mia – Europe’s Hopes Rise!  – Day 3: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Mama Mia – Europe’s Hopes Rise! – Day 3: TOTAL BWF World...

23 August 2017
Singles Seeds Stumble – Day 2: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Singles Seeds Stumble – Day 2: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

22 August 2017
Lee Stunned in Opening Round – Day 2: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

Lee Stunned in Opening Round – Day 2: TOTAL BWF World Championships...

22 August 2017
No Mercy for Merrilees – Day 1: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

No Mercy for Merrilees – Day 1: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017

21 August 2017
Bumpy Start for Michelle Li – DAY 1: TOTAL BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017

Bumpy Start for Michelle Li – DAY 1: TOTAL BWF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS...

21 August 2017
Ready for Liftoff!

Ready for Liftoff!

21 August 2017
Ahmad/Natsir Brimming With Confidence

Ahmad/Natsir Brimming With Confidence

20 August 2017
Marin Lays it On the Line

Marin Lays it On the Line

20 August 2017
Twist in the Script? – Men’s Singles Preview

Twist in the Script? – Men’s Singles Preview

20 August 2017
Welcome to Glasgow!

Welcome to Glasgow!

19 August 2017
Too Close to Call – Women’s Singles Preview

Too Close to Call – Women’s Singles Preview

18 August 2017
Energy Versus Guile – Men’s Doubles Preview

Energy Versus Guile – Men’s Doubles Preview

16 August 2017
Japan Have the Edge – Women’s Doubles Preview

Japan Have the Edge – Women’s Doubles Preview

14 August 2017
Form Favours China – Mixed Doubles Preview

Form Favours China – Mixed Doubles Preview

12 August 2017
‘Worlds’ Blockbuster On The Cards

‘Worlds’ Blockbuster On The Cards

9 August 2017
Son, Yamaguchi Top-Seeded for Worlds

Son, Yamaguchi Top-Seeded for Worlds

6 August 2017
Son Has Tail Up with No.1 Ranking

Son Has Tail Up with No.1 Ranking

2 August 2017
Injury Dashes Jorgensen’s Hopes

Injury Dashes Jorgensen’s Hopes

1 August 2017
12BET an Official Partner of World Championships

12BET an Official Partner of World Championships

24 July 2017
China Ace Qualification for Worlds

China Ace Qualification for Worlds

21 July 2017
Thomas Composes a World Championships Winner

Thomas Composes a World Championships Winner

7 July 2017
Li Xuerui’s Hopes Alive for Worlds

Li Xuerui’s Hopes Alive for Worlds

9 June 2017
Tan Kim Her for World Coaching Conference

Tan Kim Her for World Coaching Conference

17 May 2017
Top Guns Confirm Places

Top Guns Confirm Places

16 May 2017
Race to Nanjing Begins

Race to Nanjing Begins

6 May 2017
Chen Long Gets ‘Worlds’ Wild Card

Chen Long Gets ‘Worlds’ Wild Card

4 May 2017
Chen Long’s Fate in the Balance

Chen Long’s Fate in the Balance

28 April 2017
Lin Dan Stakes Glasgow Claim

Lin Dan Stakes Glasgow Claim

20 April 2017
Jorgensen, Tai Lead Race to Glasgow

Jorgensen, Tai Lead Race to Glasgow

24 February 2017
Past Stars Recall Istora Heroics

Past Stars Recall Istora Heroics

28 August 2015
Epic Duels, Gritty Champions –TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015 Review

Epic Duels, Gritty Champions –TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015 Review

26 August 2015
Yun-ique Zhao Double-Doubles! –  Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Yun-ique Zhao Double-Doubles! –  Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

16 August 2015
Chen, Marin Retain Singles Crowns – Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Chen, Marin Retain Singles Crowns – Finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

16 August 2015
Lee Too Good for Jorgensen – Semi-finals:  TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Lee Too Good for Jorgensen – Semi-finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

15 August 2015
Chen, Marin in Title Round – Semi-finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Chen, Marin in Title Round – Semi-finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

15 August 2015
Nehwal Prevails in Epic – Quarter-finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Nehwal Prevails in Epic – Quarter-finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

14 August 2015
Fanetri Does a Houdini – Quarter-finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Fanetri Does a Houdini – Quarter-finals: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

14 August 2015
Shock for Chinese Pairs – Day 4: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Shock for Chinese Pairs – Day 4: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

13 August 2015
Li Xuerui Bites the Dust – Day 4: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Li Xuerui Bites the Dust – Day 4: TOTAL BWF World Championships...

13 August 2015
Defending Champs Shin/Ko Crash Out – Day 3: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Defending Champs Shin/Ko Crash Out – Day 3: TOTAL BWF World Championships...

12 August 2015
Underdogs Make an Impression – Day 3: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Underdogs Make an Impression – Day 3: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

12 August 2015
Survivor Ekiring Has Ambitions for Africa

Survivor Ekiring Has Ambitions for Africa

12 August 2015
Statement Regarding Misha Zilberman

Statement Regarding Misha Zilberman

11 August 2015
Buranaprasertsuk Springs a Surprise – Day 2: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Buranaprasertsuk Springs a Surprise – Day 2: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

11 August 2015
Dream Day for Paiola; Tago Out – Day 2: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Dream Day for Paiola; Tago Out – Day 2: TOTAL BWF World...

11 August 2015
Must, Giuffre Fight into Second Round – Day 1: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Must, Giuffre Fight into Second Round – Day 1: TOTAL BWF World...

10 August 2015
Emotional Win for Zetchiri – Day 1: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Emotional Win for Zetchiri – Day 1: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

10 August 2015
Men’s Singles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

Men’s Singles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

9 August 2015
Women’s Singles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

Women’s Singles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

9 August 2015
Lull Before the Storm – Total BWF World Championships 2015

Lull Before the Storm – Total BWF World Championships 2015

9 August 2015
Carolina Marin Wins Fans’ Vote

Carolina Marin Wins Fans’ Vote

9 August 2015
BWF Conducts Players’ Media Education Programme

BWF Conducts Players’ Media Education Programme

8 August 2015
Men’s Doubles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

Men’s Doubles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

7 August 2015
Women’s Doubles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

Women’s Doubles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

6 August 2015
Mixed Doubles Preview –  Total BWF World Championships 2015

Mixed Doubles Preview – Total BWF World Championships 2015

5 August 2015
Youth Battles Experience in Openers – Total BWF World Championships 2015

Youth Battles Experience in Openers – Total BWF World Championships 2015

3 August 2015
Chen, Lee in Separate Halves – Total BWF World Championships 2015

Chen, Lee in Separate Halves – Total BWF World Championships 2015

28 July 2015
Chen, Marin Top Seeds – Total BWF World Championships 2015

Chen, Marin Top Seeds – Total BWF World Championships 2015

28 July 2015
The Manga RobotQuartz Contest is On!

The Manga RobotQuartz Contest is On!

16 July 2015
How the Defending Champions Have Fared

How the Defending Champions Have Fared

15 July 2015
26 Years On … Classic in the Making

26 Years On … Classic in the Making

15 July 2015
‘Singling’ out the Best: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

‘Singling’ out the Best: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

15 July 2015
Year of the Be-‘Lee’-Ver?: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

Year of the Be-‘Lee’-Ver?: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

15 July 2015
‘Singling’ out the Best: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

‘Singling’ out the Best: TOTAL BWF World Championships 2015

17 June 2015
‘Development’ Players in Phase 1 List

‘Development’ Players in Phase 1 List

6 May 2015
Badminton ‘Worlds’ Going to Glasgow in 2017

Badminton ‘Worlds’ Going to Glasgow in 2017

14 November 2014
Epic Battles in Ballerup

Epic Battles in Ballerup

1 September 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 7: Zhao Pockets Double

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 7: Zhao Pockets Double

31 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 7: Marin Makes History; Lee’s Jinx Continues

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 7: Marin Makes History; Lee’s...

31 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 7: Chen Thwarts Lee Chong Wei

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 7: Chen Thwarts Lee Chong...

31 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 6: Disappointment for Denmark

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 6: Disappointment for Denmark

31 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 6: Magnificent Marin Shines

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 6: Magnificent Marin Shines

30 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 6: Superb Lee Hurtles into Final

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 6: Superb Lee Hurtles into...

30 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 5: A Few Surprises

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 5: A Few Surprises

30 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 5: ‘Viktor-ious’ – Marin and Axelsen!

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 5: ‘Viktor-ious’ – Marin and...

29 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 5: Sizzling Sindhu into Semi-Finals

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 5: Sizzling Sindhu into Semi-Finals

29 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 4: Seeds Tumble Out

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 4: Seeds Tumble Out

29 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 4: Jorgensen’s Nightmarish End

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 4: Jorgensen’s Nightmarish End

28 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 4: Resolute Mitani Topples Intanon

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 4: Resolute Mitani Topples Intanon

28 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 3: Competition Heats Up

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 3: Competition Heats Up

28 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 3: Jorgensen ‘Danes’ to Dream

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 3: Jorgensen ‘Danes’ to Dream

27 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 3: Chinese ‘Bao’ Out

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 3: Chinese ‘Bao’ Out

27 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 2: Hits and Misses

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 2: Hits and Misses

27 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 2: Father Figures in Sugiarto Bid

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 2: Father Figures in Sugiarto...

26 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 2: Smooth Passage for Seeds

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 2: Smooth Passage for Seeds

26 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 1: Chong Wei Cruises; Domke Delight

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 1: Chong Wei Cruises; Domke...

25 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 1: Wei Gains Revenge Over Momota

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014 – Day 1: Wei Gains Revenge Over...

25 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014: Championships Showdown Set

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014: Championships Showdown Set

24 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014: Double-Injury Withdrawals Hit Indonesia

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014: Double-Injury Withdrawals Hit Indonesia

19 August 2014
History of the Worlds & Countdown to Copenhagen – Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014

History of the Worlds & Countdown to Copenhagen – Li-Ning BWF World...

15 August 2014
Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014: Jorgensen and Santoso in the ‘Wei’

Li-Ning BWF World Championships 2014: Jorgensen and Santoso in the ‘Wei’

11 August 2014
Lee Chong Wei and Li Xuerui Lead Seedings

Lee Chong Wei and Li Xuerui Lead Seedings

8 August 2014
Li-Ning Title-Sponsors BWF World Championships 2014

Li-Ning Title-Sponsors BWF World Championships 2014

25 June 2014
Jakarta to Host BWF World Championships 2015

Jakarta to Host BWF World Championships 2015

28 November 2013
RedBull China Scores Big With “Super Final”

RedBull China Scores Big With “Super Final”

27 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013: Memories of Guangzhou

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013: Memories of Guangzhou

13 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 7: Lin Dan’s ‘High Five’; Intanon Triumphs

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 7: Lin Dan’s...

11 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 6: Dream Final Is On!

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 6: Dream Final...

10 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 5: Danish Pairs into Semi-Finals

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 5: Danish Pairs...

9 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 4: Stunning Sindhu Denies Wang Yihan Repeat

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 4: Stunning Sindhu...

8 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 3: China Flourishes; Lee Outlasts Rumbaka

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 3: China Flourishes;...

7 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 2: Xu and Ma Survive Gutsy Danes

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 2: Xu and...

6 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 1: Kuncoro, Wong Wing Ki Bite the Dust

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013 – Day 1: Kuncoro, Wong...

5 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013: Superstar Showdown in the Making

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013: Superstar Showdown in the Making

4 August 2013
Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013: Enthralling Battles Eagerly Awaited

Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013: Enthralling Battles Eagerly Awaited

3 August 2013
Draw Separates Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan

Draw Separates Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan

22 July 2013
BWF ‘Worlds’ Draw To Be Held Monday 22 July

BWF ‘Worlds’ Draw To Be Held Monday 22 July

17 July 2013
Lin Dan Accepts BWF Wild Card for World Championships

Lin Dan Accepts BWF Wild Card for World Championships

9 May 2013
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