• Japan bidding to host 2019 BWF World Championships

    Tokyo: Japan unveiled its bid for the 2019 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships as the world's top players continue the countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.Kento Momota will only be 26 years old when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics arrive.

    Kento Momota will only be 26 years old when the 2020 Tokyo Olympics arrive.

  • Kento Momota becomes the rising badminton star for Japan

    Tokyo: Up-and-coming shuttler Kento Momota is rewriting Japan’s history in badminton at the international level at a remarkable pace.

    The 20-year-old won a bronze medal in men’s singles in Jakarta on Saturday, bringing the country its first men’s singles medal in the World Championships.

    “I woke up fresh in the morning, and I was light on my feet today,” Momota said after beating Hong Kong’s Wei Nan 21-6, 21-14 in the quarterfinals. “So I was able to play the match in a very positive frame of mind.”Kento Momota wins the 2015 Indonesia Open

    Kento Momota wins the 2015 Indonesia Open

  • Clash Of The Titans: Lee Chong Wei vs Chen Long at World Championships final

    Jakarta: Malaysian badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei advanced into his fourth straight world championships men's singles final in Jakarta on Saturday, after edging a resilient No. 2 Jan O. Jorgensen of Denmark 21-7, 21-19 in 42 minutes.Keep it up for one more match, Chong Wei! (photo: Reuters)

    Keep it up for one more match, Chong Wei! (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei & Chen Long progress, Lin Dan crashes out at World Championships

    Jakarta: One day after the tough challenge from Wang Zhengming on his World Championships campaign, Lee Chong Wei surged into the semi-finals in Jakarta on Friday after brushing aside Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-18 in the men's singles quarter-finals that lasted 35 minutes. Lee will face Jan O Jorgensen in the semi-finals.Lee Chong Wei should continue to stay focused, and to take one game at a time. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei should continue to stay focused, and to take one game at a time. (photo: Reuters)

  • Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Chen Long advance into World Championships quarters

    Jakarta: Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei came into Thursday afternoon's men's singles third round at the World Championships on a 13-match win streak against his opponent, No. 8 seed Wang Zhengming of China. In the end it was Lee who extended his streak over Wang to 14 matches, beating the Chinese 21-17, 21-19 to advance to the quarter-finals, where he will play Hu Yun who defeated No. 3 seed Kidambi Srikanth in the men's singles third round on Thursday.Lee Chong Wei is on course for his maiden world title win. (photo: Reuters)

    Lee Chong Wei is on course for his maiden world title win. (photo: Reuters)

  • Tommy Sugiarto, Derek Wong, Kento Momota cruise into 2nd round at World Championships

    Jakarta: Home favourite Tommy Sugiarto cruised into the second round of the badminton world championships, with a straight-game victory over European Games victor Pablo Abian as the tournament got under way on Monday in Jakarta.Tommy Sugiarto can definitely be dangerous at the World Championships. (photo: AFP)

    Tommy Sugiarto can definitely be dangerous at the World Championships. (photo: AFP)

  • Lee Chong Wei heads to Jakarta with boosted confidence

    Kuala Lumpur:  With four days to go before the start of the 2015 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championships, the badminton superstar Lee Chong Wei is feeling confident heading into Jakarta, Indonesia.

    "Unlike past years, this year is very different for me, because I am not seeded in the tournament. There is no pressure on me, and I am looking forward to great matches at the world meet," said Chong Wei.Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

    Malaysia's world championships team pose for a team photo at the Kuala Lumpur airport as they leave for Jakarta. (photo: Bernama)

  • Kento Momota, Ratchanok Intanon win Indonesia Open

    Jakarta: Japanese rising star shuttler Kento Momota upstaged Denmark's defending champion and third seed Jan O. Jorgensen in the men's singles final, while Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon clinched the women's singles title at the $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier on Sunday.Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

    Kento Momota makes big strides with Indonesian Open title.

  • Kento Momota , Jan Jorgensen to clash in Indonesia Open final

    Jakarta: In a day full of upsets at the BCA Indonesia Open on Saturday, Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap who defeated world number one Chen Long in the quarterfinals on Friday, lost 21-12 17-21 19-21 in a draining battle to eighth seed Kento Momota which lasted an hour and 11 minutes. The last time Kashyap and Momota played each other was two years ago, and the Japanese had emerged triumphant in their previous encounter as well.Jan Jorgensen on course to defend Indonesia Open crown.

    Jan Jorgensen on course to defend Indonesia Open crown.

  • Sudirman Cup: Japan eliminates Denmark 3-2

    Dongguan: Japan eliminated Denmark in a neck and neck battle at the Sudirman Cup on Friday after winning a nail-biting women`s double match and will play against South Korea in the semi-finals.Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi seal the winning point for Japan at the 2015 Sudirman Cup quarter-finals.

    Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi seal the winning point for Japan at the 2015 Sudirman Cup quarter-finals.

  • Kento Momota, Sun Yu win Singapore Open

    Singapore: Kento Momota became the first Japanese man to win a Superseries badminton singles title when he beat Hong Kong's Hu Yun in a thrilling Singapore Open final on Sunday.Japanese Kento Momota (left) defeats Hu Yun of Hong Kong to win Singapore Open. (photo: AFP)

    Japanese Kento Momota (left) defeats Hu Yun of Hong Kong to win Singapore Open. (photo: AFP)

  • Simon Santoso, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian exit Singapore Open

    Singapore: Indonesian shuttler Simon Santoso's dreams of defending his Singapore Open Super Series title was shattered when he slumped to a 10-21, 13-21 defeat against Japan's Kento Momota in the men's singles semifinal at the Singapore Open on Saturday.Wang Yihan lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 16-21,21-9, 14-21 in the Singapore Open semi-final

    Wang Yihan lost to Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 16-21,21-9, 14-21 in the Singapore Open semi-final

  • Purple League's Nusajaya come from behind to shoot down Bangsar Hawks

    Kuala Lumpur: The battles were intense at Purple League on Saturday where 3 victories were decided by only a single point.

    Nusajaya and Bangsar Hawks, the two teams that have stumbled out of the Purple League postseason competition, unexpectedly raised their level of play on Saturday to have the audience absolutely exciting from the start.Kento Momota has been a fan favorite at the Purple League (photo: Purple League)

    Kento Momota has been a fan favorite at the Purple League (photo: Purple League)

  • Chen Long, K. Srikanth book Dubai semi-final berths

    Dubai: World number two Chen Long, fought back from a set down, to beat Danish badminton player Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 13-21 21-10 21-9 in 57 minutes on Thursday.China men's badminton team enjoy the Arabic style at Dubai

    China men's badminton team enjoy the Arabic style at Dubai

  • World Champs Day 1: Lee Chong Wei, other Malaysian win

    Copenhagen: There wasn't much drama for Malaysian shuttlers at the opening day of the World Championships in Copenhagen.

    World number one Lee Chong Wei began his quest for the World Championships title with a dominant performance in the first round. It was his first tournament in two months, after losing to Kenichi Tago of Japan 16-21, 21-15, 16-21 at the semi-final of Indonesia Open last June. Lee Chong Wei got off to a good start at World Championships, Copenhagen

    Lee Chong Wei got off to a good start at World Championships, Copenhagen


  • Momota-san is a man in a hurry (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: With his fiery red new hairstyle, Japan’s rising star Kento Momota is ready to take the world by storm.

    The 2012 world junior champion from the Kagawa prefecture has been enjoying a stellar rise through the ranks.

    Last year, Momota, who turned 20 last Thursday, achieved a career best as he made the semi-finals of the China Open, before losing to China’s Wang Zhengming.Kento Momota is the third highest ranked Japanese singles player behind Kenichi Tago and Takuma Ueda.

    Having risen significantly through the ranks, from No. 89 last January to a current career high of No. 17 in the world, Momota who sports a cool and calm demeanour much like Lin Dan, believes he can only get better.

    There are many incentives to spur the young Momota to do well, especially with Japan setting their sights on the Thomas Cup Finals which will be held in New Delhi in May.

    Momota is currently the third-ranked Japanese, behind world No. 5 Kenichi Tago and Takuma Ueda who is No. 15.

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