Teenager Sensations Shine at the 1st Round of Malaysia Open
- 16 January 2014
The 2012 world junior champion, a 19-year-old Kento Momota of Japan defeated former junior champion Viktor Axelsen by 12-21 24-22 21-18 in the first round of Malaysia Open. 2013 YONEX OPEN JAPAN winner and 2013 world junior champion, a 16-year-old Akane Yamaguchi won the tough match against 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon (ARC-FB, SHBF1NLX) with 21-18 23-25 21-16.
After losing the first game by 12-21, Kento had a nail-biting second game. From 17-all, Kento didn’t allow the opponent to lead the game and took it with 24-22. The decider was also tough and close, however, Kento kept his concentration to finish the match with 12-21 24-22 21-18 in 76 minutes. He will face No. 6 seed Boonsak Ponsana in the second round.
Akane played aggressively from the first game against world No. 3 Ratchanok to take it with 21-18. Ratchanok improved her game to win the second game by 25-23, however, Akane used various shots to trouble the opponent and she took the initiative of final game to finish it. The final score was 21-18 23-25 21-16. She will play against her fellow Japanese Minatsu Mitani.
Tournament Results: 1st Round
Kento Momota (JPN) def. Viktor Axelsen (DEN) 12-21 24-22 21-18
Hiroyuki Endo /Kenichi Hayakawa (JPN) def. MOhd Zakry Abdul Latif/Mohd Faruzizuan Mohd Tazari (MAS) 21-6 21-7
Ayaka Takahashi /Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan (KOR) 21-15 21-18
Yamaguchi's image is from 2013 YONEX OPEN JAPAN.