The Japanese superstar Kento Momota is the man to beat at the moment. His results recently have been impressive and he is stronger than ever before. But today, Anthony Ginting pushed him to his limits.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tang Shi

By winning the Asian Championships and by showing great form during the Thomas Cup, Kento Momota has positioned himself as possibly the best player at the moment, despite his ranking as number 10.

Since his comeback it has been a one-way street for the Japanese, winning almost everything on his way back to the top. With recent victories over Viktor Axelsen, Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei, there is no doubt he one of the best players in the world at the moment. But today, Anthony Ginting pushed Kento Momota to his limits.

Ginting was on fire from the very beginning. Within the first couple of minutes he had establish a lead of 8-0. And somehow, the Japanese was never able to overcome the powerful start by Ginting.

Kento Momota lost the first set by 12-21.

In the second set, the Japanese once again got off to a bad start and was quickly behind 1-6. But through hard work and quite a bit of struggle, Momota managed to get back in the set, winning it by 21-17.

In the third set Ginting lost a bit of pace, while Momota seemed to find himself more comfortable in the hall. The Japanese was never in real trouble in the deciding set, which he won by 21-14. A tough start for Momota and more than 80 minutes of play. Let’s hope he is in great shape, otherwise this match might haunt him the rest of the tournament.

Once again, a tough start to the tournament for one of the favorites. So far, the level has been very high and no one can expect easy wins in this edition of Malaysia Open.

Kento Momota will either face Nishimoto from Japan or the second seed Korean Son Wan Ho in the second round of Malaysia Open.

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