Saitama: Former World No. 2 Kento Momota notched up a dominating 21-15, 21-19 win over Toshi Takeshita in the semi-finals of Japan Ranking Circuit on Tuesday to set up a final clash with former teammate of Japan national team – Takuma Ueda on Wednesday.
Momota who made his competitive comeback last Saturday after Nippon Badminton Association lifted his ban that was imposed last April when the Japanese badminton star admitted for gambling in illegal casinos. He took control of the opening game against Toshi Takeshita by breaking off from 11-4 then moved to a 16-14 lead to grab the first game at 21-15 through a smash.
The 22-year-old Momota however had to play harder in the second set as Takeshita had a strong start. The duo fought till 14-14 before Momota started scoring with his precise shots and sharp smashes and marched ahead to seal a spot in the final.
“I’ve gotten hesitant early in the second set, I believed I’ve grown up a lot because I was able to play through my mistakes,” said Momota.
The chief coach of Japanese national badminton team Park Joo-Bong will be visiting the final on Wednesday.
“I will fight for every shots on the court tomorrow, not because Park will be here, but for the sport of badminton.”