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DENPASAR (Indonesia): World champion Kento Momota beat Anders Antonsen within the Indonesia Masters last on Sunday, his first win at a world match since being badly injured in a automobile accident final yr.
Momota thumped the Danish third seed 21-17, 21-11 on the resort island of Bali, the place the match was held as the primary of three back-to-back competitions culminating within the season-ending World Tour Finals.
The ultimate was shut within the first spherical, however the Japanese ace managed to construct a robust defence as Antonsen repeatedly made unforced errors.
The world’s finest badminton participant, with a file 11 titles in 2019, Momota was nearly pressured to retire after a automobile crash in January final yr left him with career-threatening accidents.
He fractured his eye socket within the accident, which killed the driving force of the automobile 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 point”.
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 just isn’t sending any gamers to any of the Bali tournaments, which 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 dwelling 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 at the moment’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 combined 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 twenty-eight. The season-ending BWF Tour finals run December 1 to five.
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 through the pandemic. The tournaments are held with out followers and in a Covid-secure bubble due to the coronavirus.
Some upset followers in badminton-mad Indonesia have despatched presents resembling flowers and dolls to the bio-secure lodge.
“Usually, I might 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 together with her buddy despatched flowers to Axelsen and the Gideon-Sukamuljo duo.
“I am completely happy as a result of my presents reached them as they posted the flowers and greeting playing cards on their social media,” she stated, quoted by the Indonesian Badminton Affiliation.

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