Japan Open 2018: Aggressive Kento Momota defeats top seed Viktor Axelsen in straight games to enter final

Tokyo: Kento Momota defeated first seed Viktor Axelsen to safe a Japan Open last berth on Saturday, with the reigning world champion dominating an aggressive recreation 21-18, 21-11.

File picture of Kento Momota. AFP

Momota’s victory over the 24-year-old Danish large will see him sq. off on Sunday towards Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab, who beat South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-12, 21-16.

“It was actually robust to endure an extended rally whereas being attentive to sharp pictures from Axelsen,” Momota informed TV Asahi after the match.

“I believe I might win as a result of I used to be capable of chase the shuttlecock aggressively till the final minute,” he added.

Momota final month grew to become the primary Japanese man to win the badminton World Championships, placing behind him a playing scandal that threatened to damage his profession.

The 24-year-old was engulfed by controversy in 2016 when Japanese badminton chiefs suspended him for greater than a yr for visiting an unlawful on line casino, denying him a spot on the Rio Olympics.

Momota, quantity two on the earth on the time, has been working his means again to the highest ever since.

In ladies’s singles, Olympic champion Carolina Marin despatched China’s Chen Yufei packing after beating the world quantity 5 21-12, 21-13.

The Spaniard grew to become the primary girl to win three badminton world titles after an emphatic victory over P.V. Sindhu of India in Nanjing final month.

The all-action 25-year-old added the 2018 crown to her 2014 and 2015 titles, in addition to the Olympic gold she gained over the unfortunate Sindhu at Rio 2016.

Marin will face on Sunday Japan’s 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara, 23, who beat Aya Ohori additionally from Japan 21-12, 21-12.

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