Badminton: Japan's Kento Momota wins Korea Open, China's He Bingjiao takes women's title

Badminton: Japan's Kento Momota wins Korea Open, China's He Bingjiao takes women's title

September 29, 2019

SEOUL (AFP) – Top-ranked Kento Momota of Japan clinched the men’s singles title at the Korea Open badminton tournament on Sunday (Sept 29) with a win over world No. 2 Chou Tien-chen.

The 25-year-old downed the Chinese Taipei player 21-19, 21-17 in a final that lasted 53 minutes.

Momota, with over 300 wins under his belt, saw his career descend into controversy in 2016 when he was suspended for more than a year for visiting an illegal casino and was denied a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Japanese star, who was world No. 2 at the time, has since worked his way back to the top and his latest title raises his Olympic hopes a year ahead of the Tokyo Games.

In the women’s final, China’s He Bingjiao defeated Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 18-21, 24-22, 21-17.

South Korea dominated the women’s doubles, with Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong beating compatriots Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan 13-21, 21-19, 21-17.

Indonesian pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto defeated Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan 21-16, 21-17 to clinch the men’s doubles title.

Thailand ensured that the day’s honours were shared equally, when Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai beat Chinese top seeds Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong 21-14, 21-13 in the mixed doubles.

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