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TOTAL BWF World Championships 2019: Kento Momota Looks to Repeat as #TeamYonex Books Four Categories in the Finals!

Date
25 August 2019

Basel, SwitzerlandKento Momota continued his steady March towards repeating a historic win at last year’s World Championships, where he became the first Japanese men’s singles player to do so. Today he dashed the hopes of a red-hot Sai Praneeth B. (IND), who was just able to keep up in the beginning of the first game, and even led at one point at 9-7. But Momota, who has not dropped a single game in this tournament, put his foot on the gas from there and wrapped things up in just over 40 minutes, 21-13, 21-8. He will face Anders Antonsen of Denmark for the championship.

In women’s doubles, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota (JPN) showed their determination to capture a World Championship that eluded them in the finals last year. They rolled through Du Yue and Yin Hui Li (CHN). Though the Chinese dug in in the second game, and made a good show of it, they were shown the exit at 21-11, 21-17. Fukushima and Hirota will have their chance at a rematch, as the reigning World Champs, Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara also booked their spot in the finals with a convincing win over Indonesian power duo Apriyani Rahayu and Greysia Polii. After breezing through the first game, the Indonesians put up something of a fight in the second, but after being tied at 10 all, the Japanese won four straight points and never gave up the lead, finishing 21-12, 21-19.

In mixed doubles, Thai pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai upset the World No. 2 pair of Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping (CHN) and did it handedly. It took 50 minutes for them to assure Thailand a spot in the finals, 21-16, 21-16. They’ll face an even stiffer test in tomorrow’s final, as they come up against World No. 1s, Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong.

The biggest upset of the round came in men’s doubles, where World No. 13 Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi (JPN) overcame World No. 3 Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen (CHN). The Japanese pair controlled the match throughout and in just 43 minutes announced their entrance to the world stage at 21-19, 21-13. Their opponents in the finals will be the “Daddies,” Mohammad Assan and Hendra Setiawan.

For full match details, go here.

Kento MomotaASTROX 99AEROBITEPOWER CUSHION 65 Z 2
Takuro Hoki: DUORA 10 LT, AEROBITE, POWER CUSHION AERUS 3
Yugo Kobayashi: DUORA Z-STRIKENANOGY 95POWER CUSHION AERUS 3
Yuki Fukushima: ASTROX 88 DNANOGY 95POWER CUSHION 65 Z 2
Sayaka Hirota: ASTROX 88 SNANOGY 95POWER CUSHION AERUS 3
Mayu Matsumoto: DUORA 10AEROBITE, POWER CUSHION COMFORT Z WIDE MID
Wakana Nagahara: ASTROX 88 SAEROBITEPOWER CUSHION 65 Z
Dechapol Puavaranukroh: ASTROX 88 S, BG65 TITANIUM, POWER CUSHION 65 Z 2
Sapsiree Taerattanachai: ARCSABER 11, BG65 TITANIUM, POWER CUSHION ECLIPSION Z 2