World badminton primary Kento Momota was knocked out of the Indonesia Open within the spherical of 16 on Thursday after dropping to unseeded Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew.
Yew beat Momota 21-7, 17-21, 21-19 on the resort island of Bali, the place final week the Japanese star claimed the Indonesia Masters title — the primary of three back-to-back competitions culminating within the season-ending World Tour Finals.
Momota misplaced the primary sport earlier than forcing Yew right into a rubber set after profitable the second sport.
The Japanese participant dominated the primary half of the third sport, however Yew regained management and received to safe a quarter-final spot on Friday.
In the meantime, Olympic gold medallist Viktor Axelsen superior to the quarter-finals after beating India’s Srikanth Kidambi 21-14 21-18 in a 37-minute sport.
Axelsen will meet India’s Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth on Friday, whereas Yew will play Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus from Denmark.
Badminton World Tour occasions in Indonesia are often performed within the capital Jakarta, however organisers opted for Bali which has been badly affected by the lack of guests in the course of the pandemic.
The tournaments are being held with out followers in a Covid-secure bubble.