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Japan’s Kento Momota gets Korea Open

Last updated on October 2, 2019

Top-ranked Kento Momota of Japan clinched the men’s singles title in the Korea Open Badminton Championship on Sunday with a win over number two Chou Tien-Chen of Taiwan. The 25-year-old downed Chou 21-19, 21-17 at a final that lasted 53 minutes.

Momota, using over 300 wins under his belt saw his livelihood descend into controversy in 2016 when he had been suspended for at least a year for seeing an illegal casino and has been denied a place in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The Japanese celebrity, who had been world number two at the moment, has since worked his way back into the very best and Sunday’s win increases his Olympic hopes a year before the Tokyo Games.

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

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