Indonesia Masters Semifinals: World No 1 Kento Momota cruises to final, defeats Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen 21-19, 21-11

Indonesia Masters: World No 1 Kento Momota cruises to final, defeats Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen 21-19, 21-11, to meet Anders Antonsen in final
Indonesia Masters: World No 1 Kento Momota cruises to final, defeats Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen 21-19, 21-11, to meet Anders Antonsen in final

Indonesia Masters Semifinals: Kento Momota in final – World’s top shuttler Kento Momota knocked out Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen on Saturday, tightening Japan’s stranglehold ahead of the final rounds of the Indonesia Masters. Momota and Chou had a close semi-final in Bali, but the number one badminton player claimed a 21-19, 21-11 victory over Chou.

Indonesia Masters: Momota, now the favourite to win the men’s singles trophy, will meet Danish Anders Antonsen in the finals on Sunday.

The Japan team tops the Indonesia Masters, the first tournament in Asia for 10 months, with four tickets to the finals out of five titles.

Indonesia Masters: World No 1 Kento Momota cruises to final, defeats Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen 21-19, 21-11

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It also dominated the Denmark Open and French Open earlier this year, winning three titles respectively.

The Indonesia Masters is one of three back-to-back tournaments, culminating in the season-ending World Tour Finals, that are taking place in Bali without fans because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan’s top women’s seed Akane Yamaguchi also powered into the finals after she beat Indian two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu 21-13, 21-9.

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“Pusarla had strong power and aggressive attacks but I managed to put pressure on her and make her frustrated at her own game,” said Akane, who will meet Korea’s An Se-young in the final.

The Japan team has also booked a seat in the finals on men’s and women’s double titles.

Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi won over Malaysia’s Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik 21-18, 19-21, 21-17.

Indonesia Masters: World No 1 Kento Momota cruises to final, defeats Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen 21-19, 21-11

Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida stunned Thailand’s Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 22-24, 21-17, 21-18.

India’s challenge ended in the semifinals with Srikanth Kidambi losing Antonsen in straight games 21-14, 21-9. Srikanth had no answer to Antonsen’s attacking game.

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