• 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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