Photo credit TANG SHI
Kento Momota made an impressive return to top-tier badminton, taking down World No.4 and Yonex All England champion Shi Yuqi in the second round of the Badminton Asia Championships 2018.
The Japanese (featured image), who spent a year out of competitive action and returned only in July last year, hasn’t played an event or opponent of this stature since March 2016. Today’s performance left little doubt that the former No.2 is close to his best. The Japanese was as elegant as he was sharp, finding winners with immaculate drop shots and half-smashes, leaving Shi somewhat befuddled with the precision of his strokes and the quality of his defence. Shi’s resistance melted early in the third and Momota was in his first quarter-final of the Badminton Asia Championships with his 21-15 12-21 21-12 victory.
“I think I was a bit too anxious,” admitted Shi. “Going into the match I knew he is a tough player with good technique, but as I was anxious I made too many mistakes.”
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– Amazing matches awaits, and can Momota continue?