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It wasn’t this time either, where world number one Viktor Axelsen was able to get past Momota. The Japanese just seems to be unstoppable.
Momota unbeatable since 2014
Even though the Dane is ranked as number one in the world, it has been a while since he has won a set against Momota. We have to go back to 2015 to find a match in three sets. Today was no different.
With a lead 17-13 in the first set for Axelsen, it looked like the Dane was able to win the first set. But with a strong finish, the Japanese took 6 points in a row before finishing the set – winning by 21-18.
The first set was a world class display from the two players. The level of intensity and the quality of the match was somewhere near perfect – just what every badminton fan likes to see.
In the second set, the two players followed each other to 8-8 before Momota showed he is just invincible and won the second set by a convincing 21-11.
Momota now leads 8-1 head to head against Axelsen and we have to go back to 2014 to find Momota’s first and only loss to the Dane.
Unexpected final for Phetpradab
Shi Yuqi, Chen Long and now Lee Dong Keun – those are the players, who Phetpradab has showed the door in this year’s edition of Japan Open. The Thai is ranked 26 in the world but is yet to lose his first set in the tournament.
With an aggressive and uncompromising style of play, he has truly won the hearts of many fans the weekend. But does he stand a chance against Kento Momota?