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Kento Momota crowned champion at the Daihatsu YONEX Japan Open 2018

Date
16 September 2018

TokyoKento Momota added another title to his recent comeback run, and made history again, becoming the first men’s singles player to win the Japan Open in its 41 year history. 

Momota sailed through the draw, not once dropping a game. In the finals, he faced an underdog in unseeded Khosit Phetpradab. Though Phetpradab certainly stepped up to the challenge, tying Momota at 9 and then again at 14 in the first game, Momota did what we’ve become used to, placing his shots with precision and keeping his opponent guessing. He would go on to win 21-14, 21-11 in 48 minutes. 

In women’s singles, the current reigning World Champion and Japan Open champion, Carolina Marin (ESP), faced former World Champion and 2015 Japan Open champion, Nozomi Okuhara (JPN). The two had met 10 times in their careers before this, with the series being nearly split, 6-4, in the favor of Okuhara. And today’s match reflected that parity, as they traded points and leads through the first two games, 21-19, 17-21. Then in the third game, something changed, and while Marin’s spirit didn’t waiver, Okuhara seemed to deflate, and the Spaniard ran away with the game and the win, 21-11, defending her title.

Marcus F Gideon and Kevin S Sukamuljo (INA) brought their signature brand of kinetic, dizzying-pace badminton to the final match against Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen (CHN), and reasserted their dominance in men’s doubles. It was clearly more than the Chinese pair were ready for, as they went down 21-11, 21-13 in just 38 minutes. 

The World No. 1 women’s doubles pair, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan also made relatively short work of Chinese pair Wang Yilyu and Jia Yifan, winning 21-15, 21-12. It is their first Japan Open title, and should somewhat sooth the sting of coming up just short of overall victory at the World Championships.   

For full match details, go here.


Kento Momota
ASTROX 99AEROBITEPOWER CUSHION 65 Z MEN

Carolina MarinDUORA Z-STRIKEAEROBITEAERUS 3

Marcus F. GideonASTROX 88 DBG65 TITANIUMAERUS 3

Kevin S. SukamuljoASTROX 88 SBG80AERUS 3

Yuki Fukushima: ASTROX 88 SBG80POWER CUSHION 65 Z LADIES 

Sayaka Hirota: ASTROX 88 SNANOGY95POWER CUSHION 65 Z LADIES