Kento Momota is a Japanese badminton player. Kento is known for his volatile movements on the court and his random style of play. He has won the year 2019 All England Open tournaments, 2019 Asian Championships, 2018 World Championship, 2018 Asian Championships and 2012 World Junior Championships.
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when precious legends come to our attention, their consistency is quite clear. Chiefly talking of the men’s singles discipline, the four legends have their specific skill set along with regular expertise. While Lin Dan’s footwork is a secret, Lee Chong Wei’s speed is incomparable. Taufik Hidayat to deserves a name here for his too perfect backhand. Also, Peter Gade’s trick shots are always worth watching.
Is there any shuttler near to what these legends established as top class badminton players?
Those following men’s singles for the last few months might have an answer with them. And it is none other than Kento Momota.
Well, this is very true that he has all the capability to be the one. But there are several factors which will be determining its realization. Srikanth, Axelsen and Son Wan Ho all have dominated the court at some point of time but lost their charm over time. Here also in this situation, one player can be a threat to him. Momota lost to A S Ginting in both the China Open final and the Asian Games.
But, apart from these two close losses to the Indonesian player, the 24-year-old sensation has won the World Championships (first from japan), the Asian Championships, the Indonesia Open, and the Japan Open in the past few months. Basically, he is going good overall. This youngest Japanese to have won a Superseries title holds a 9-2 win-loss record over Victor Axelsen. Momota is also a winner of India Open 2016.
After news of him getting involved in illegal gambling surfaced, he had to miss the 2016 Olympics and face a ban of three years. The way he is playing in now seems to be the fruit of the long practice he did while in exile from world badminton. His aggression says this all.
As of now, he is back as the best version of himself. But the only thing remains to be seen here is — whether he will be able to maintain his streak of finals or not. Badminton is a game where only a one is win or loss that can make you or break.
Undoubtedly, the key to being a legend is consistency. He has won 241 matches of the 310 singles tournaments he played. Being 24, he has age on his side. There is some hope, what Momota makes the full use of his opportunities and keep impressing the badminton world like he is doing now.
Kento Momota Achievements
|2018||Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Indoor Arena, Nanjing, China||Shi Yuqi||21-11, 21-13||Gold|
|2015||Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia||Chen Lon g||9–21, 15–21||Bronze|
Asian Junior Championships
|2012||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gim Cheon, South Korea||Soong Joo Ven||21–13, 22–20||Gold|
|2011||Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow, India||Zulfadli Zulkiffli||18–21, 19–21||Bronze |
|2019||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Shi |
|12–21, 21– 18, 21–8||Gold|
|2018||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Chen Long|| 21–17, 21–|
World Junior Championships
|2012||Chiba Port Arena, Chiba, Japan||Xue Song||21–17, 19–21, 21–19||Gold|
|2011||Taoyuan Arena, Taoyuan& Taipei, Chinese Taipei||Zulfadli Zulkiffli||18–21, 18–21||Bronze|
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