Kento Momota, Hiroyuki Endo/Yuta Watanabe win Badminton Asia Championships

Kento Momota declares a new generation of players is taking over badminton. (photo: Wang He/Getty Images)
Kento Momota declares a new generation of players is taking over badminton. (photo: Wang He/Getty Images)

Wuhan: For the first time in the history of the Badminton Asia Championships (BAC), Japan showed total and complete domination of the new badminton era as they became the overall winners with three titles including men’s singles, women’s singles, and men’s doubles.

World No.1 men’s singles player Kento Momota successfully defended his BAC title against World No. 2 Shi Yuqi of China on Sunday.

In a rematch of the 2018 World Championships final, the home favorite Shi quickly race to a 6-0 lead in the first game before taking the game 21-12.

The 24-year-old Japanese again got off to a slow start in the second set, but slowly finding his rhythm to force a decider by winning the second game 21-18 with a powerful smash.

Momota completely turned on his explosiveness in the decider as he outlasted Shi 21-8 to win his second BAC title in 69 minutes.

“Winning the BAC title again in Wuhan is considered mission accomplished for me,” said Momota.

“We are the new generation of players that are taking over the sport, and I am excited to be one of them,” added Momota.

In men’s doubles, the World No. 9 Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan were in spectacular form in the final as they raised the level of their aggressive game to pull off a huge upset, beating World No 1 pair from Indonesia, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, by an almost ludicrous score line of 21-18, 21-3 in just 35 minutes, with the second set lasted just eight minutes.

The shockingly huge score gap of 21-3 score in second game made us wondering whether Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo were experiencing some type of injury? The badminton fans really like to watch Gideon/Sukamuljo play, and let’s hope nothing terrible has happened to the World No. 1 pair.


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