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Olympics: S'pore shuttler Yeo Jia Min overcomes long wait for quick opening win

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Olympics: S'pore shuttler Yeo Jia Min overcomes long wait for quick opening win

TOKYO – Despite having to wait two hours for her Olympic debut, Singaporean shuttler Yeo Jia Min made light work of Mexico’s world No. 92 Haramara Gaitan to win 21-7, 21-10 in 25 minutes in her women’s singles Group K opener at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza on Tuesday (July 27).

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With her deft flicks and sharp smashes, the 22-year-old Singaporean was unstoppable against Gaitan as she got her Tokyo 2020 off to a fine start.

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World No. 30 Yeo will play South Korea’s world No. 18 Kim Ga-eun on Wednesday for a place in the round of 16. Yeo has won three out of four previous meetings with Kim, who beat Gaitan 21-14, 21-9 on Saturday.

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In the men’s singles, compatriot and world No. 42 Loh Kean Yew will take on Indonesia’s world No. 7 Jonatan Christie to decide who progresses from Group G into the last 16.

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The 24-year-old had beaten refugee athlete Aram Mahmoud 21-15, 21-12 in his first match on Monday.

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