Lin Dan rolls on as Kento Momota departs Malaysia Open

Lin Dan is still going strong at 2019 Malaysia Open. (photo: Xinhua)
Lin Dan is still going strong at 2019 Malaysia Open. (photo: Xinhua)

Kuala Lumpur: Two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan continued his quest for a second Malaysia Open crown after reaching the last 8, but World No. 1 Kento Momota has crashed out.

Former world number one Lin Dan and Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand stayed neck and neck in the first set on Thursday, before eking out a narrow 25-23 first set win. Lin quickly raced to a 15-2 lead and wrapped up the second set with 21-8. He will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan next.

In another men’s singles second round match, the 2018 Asian Games gold medalist, Jonatan Christie of Indonesia pulled of a huge upset when he defeated World No. 1 Kento Momota 22-20, 21-16 in 46 minutes.

Jonathan will meet former world number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark who beat Lu Guangzu from China 21-11, 16-21, 21-17, at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur Sports City (KLSC) in Bukit Jalil next.

After the second round match, Christie told the media that it was not easy to see off Momota.

“I was playing without pressure, but Momota did not play at his real level. I took advantage of that to win the match,” said Christie.

Meanwhile, women’s singles No. 1 seed Tai Tzu Ying will face No. 7 seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the last 8 as Intanon rallied from behind to beat Zhang Beiwen of USA 23-25, 21-14, 21-16, while Tai overcame Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-16, 21-14 in the second round.


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