Badminton ace Momota claims first post-crash international trophy

World champion Kento Momota beat Anders Antonsen within the Indonesia Masters ultimate on Sunday, his first win at a global event since being badly injured in a automotive accident final yr.

Momota thumped the Danish third seed 21-17, 21-11 on the resort island of Bali, the place the event was held as the primary of three back-to-back competitions culminating within the season-ending World Tour Finals.

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The ultimate was shut within the first spherical, however the Japanese ace managed to construct a powerful defence as Antonsen repeatedly made unforced errors.

The world’s greatest badminton participant, with a report 11 titles in 2019, Momota was nearly pressured to retire after a automotive crash in January final yr left him with career-threatening accidents.

He fractured his eye socket within the accident, which killed the motive force of the automotive he was in.

When he returned for his Olympic debut in Tokyo this yr, he crashed out within the group stage, blaming his personal “weak spot”.

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Momota had a comparatively straightforward attract Bali, after Olympic gold medallist Viktor Axelsen was knocked out within the spherical of 16 on Thursday. And China will not be sending any gamers to any of the Bali tournaments, that means Olympic silver medallist Chen Lengthy is absent.

Aside from Momota’s win, the Japan staff bagged two different trophies within the Sunday finals.

Within the males’s doubles, Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi shocked house favourites — and top-ranked duo — Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, 21-11, 17-21, 21-19.

“We’re glad to have defeated world’s number-one gamers,” stated Hoki. “It makes us assured.”

Kobayashi added: “We misplaced to them 10 instances however we realized from our and their errors, and practiced the teachings in immediately’s match.”

In the meantime, girls’s pair Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida beat South Korea’s unseeded couple Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong 21-9, 21-11.

Third-ranked girls’s participant Akane Yamaguchi additionally made the finals, however misplaced to South Korea’s high seed An Seyoung 21-17, 21-19.

Within the blended doubles, Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai thrashed Hong Kong’s Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet 21-11, 21-12.

Subsequent up in Bali is the Indonesia Open, which takes place from November 23 to 28. The season-ending BWF Tour finals run December 1 to five.

Badminton World Tour occasions in Indonesia are normally performed within the capital, Jakarta, however organisers opted for Bali, which has been badly affected by the lack of guests throughout the pandemic. The tournaments are held with out followers and in a Covid-secure bubble due to the coronavirus.

Some dissatisfied followers in badminton-mad Indonesia have despatched presents corresponding to flowers and dolls to the bio-secure lodge.

“Usually, I may see them taking part in in Jakarta however because it’s now far-off in Bali, I despatched them flowers to indicate my help,” stated fan Deti Mega, who along with her buddy despatched flowers to Axelsen and the Gideon-Sukamuljo duo.

“I’m glad as a result of my presents reached them as they posted the flowers and greeting playing cards on their social media,” she stated.

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