JAKARTA: Japanese shuttler Kento Momota claimed his second Indonesia Open badminton title Sunday after defeating first-seeded Viktor Axelsen of Denmark within the event’s males’s singles remaining.
The 23-year-old began the lads’s singles match with a convincing lead 11-1 to the primary recreation’s interval earlier than closing the match 21-14 and 21-9 after a number of unforced errors by the Dane.
Momota received bronze within the 2015 Indonesia Open however was slapped with a 12-month ban by the Japan Badminton Affiliation the next yr after being caught playing in an unlawful on line casino.
That is Momota’s greatest title since his 2017 comeback.
“This victory means so much to me ahead of the World Championship and Asian Games,” he instructed journalists after the match.
World primary Axelsen praised Momota’s efficiency and mentioned his opponent deserved the victory.
Within the girls’s singles, first seed Tai Tzu Ying claimed her second event victory after beating China’s Chen Yufei 21-23, 21-15 and 21-9.
Regardless of her win, the Taiwanese mentioned she was unhappy along with her efficiency and performed too unexpectedly within the opening recreation.
“After losing the first game, I told myself that I really need to win this match. I am glad that the crowds are behind me,” she mentioned.
Tai received her first Indonesian Open title in 2016 as an unseeded participant.
Chen mentioned she was happy along with her event efficiency after gorgeous large names equivalent to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and Korean Sung Ji-hyun in her street to the finals.
Second seed Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan bagged the ladies’s doubles title after beating compatriots Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara 21-14, 16-21 and 21-14.