Calgary: Former World No. 2 Kento Momota was beaten in his return from a 13th-month suspension absence, losing 22-20, 14-21, 21-14 to No. 6 seed Kanta Tsuneyama in the final of the Canada Open in Calgary on Sunday (local time in Canada).
The 21-year-old Tsuneyama, who won the 2017 Austrian Open in February, saved one set point and converted the next two chances to win the first set 22-20.
Momota regrouped brilliantly and came out rocking in the second set, quickly regained his composure to win the second set 21-14.
The 22-year-old Momota looked physically drained in the decider, as he battled doggedly from 0-7 to tie the game 9-9, before finally succumbing to Tsuneyama’s explosive firepower and fast-paced playing style, losing 14-21 in the third set.
In addition to men’s singles, the Japanese camp also took home women’s doubles and women’s singles titles through No.6 seeds Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara and Saena Kawakami.
In an all-Korean mixed doubles final, unseeded Kim Won Ho/Shin Seung Chan pulled off a huge upset to beat No. 1 seeds Choi Solgyu/Chae Yoo Jung 21-19, 21-16.
Meanwhile in the men’s doubles, British pair and No. 8 seeds Peter Briggs/Tom Wolfenden notched up a hard-fought 3-set thriller to beat Kim Won Ho/Seung Jae Seo of Korea 22-20 , 16-21, 21-19 in 57 minutes.