BADMINTON: Top-ranked Momota and Tai take Singapore Open titles

Japan's Singles star Kento Momota

Japan dominated the Singapore Open with four finalists and three winners, but the top-ranked Singles players in the world impressed with wins by Kento Momota and Tzu Ying Tai.

Japan’s Momota won his third title of the 2019 season, having taken the All-England Open and the German Open, but he had a tough time with Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting, who won the first set, 19-10. But Momota gathered himself, tied the match with a 21-19 win in the second set and then took the third set by 21-13.

“This was a match I was losing,” admitted Momota. “Ginting was playing at a higher level in the beginning, but possibly he started getting tired later on and that gave me opportunities.

“This is the place I won my first big title (Singapore Open 2015). Everything changed for me after that, so I’m happy to win here once again.”

Tai (TPE) took the Malaysia Open last week and won the final in Singapore in a battle with no. 3 Nozomi Okuhara (JPN), winning a tight first set by 21-19 and then 21-15 in the second set. It was also her second Singapore Open title, having won in 2017.

All three of the Doubles winners won their first Singapore Open titles. Summaries:

BWF World Tour/Singapore Open
Singapore ~ 9-14 April 2019
(Full results here)

Men’s Singles: 1. Kento Momota (JPN); 2. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (INA); 3. Tien Chen Chou (TPE) and Viktor Axelsen (DEN). Semis: Ginting d. Chou, 21-17, 18-21, 21-14; Momota d. Axelsen, 21-15, 21-18. Final: Momota d. Ginting, 10-21, 21-19, 21-13.

Men’s Doubles: 1. Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda (JPN); 2. Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan (INA); 3. Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (INA) and Junhui Li/Yuchen Liu (CHN). Semis: Kamura.Sonoda d. Gideon/Sulkamuljo, 13-21, 21-10, 21-19; Ahsan/Setiawan d. Li/Liu, 21-11, 21-14. Final: Kamura/Sonoda d. Ahsan/Setiawan, 21-13, 19-21, 21-17.

Women’s Singles: 1. Tzu Ying Tai (TPE); 2. Nozomi Okuhara (JPN); 3. Akane Yamaguchi (JPN) and V. Sindhu Pusarla (IND). Semis: Tai d. Yamaguchi, 15-21, 24-22, 21-19; Okuhara d. Pusarla, 21-7, 21-11. Final: Tai d. Okuhara, 21-19, 21-15.

Women’s Doubles: 1. Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagihara (JPN); 2. Hye-Jeong Kim/Hee Yong Kong (KOR); 3. Xuanxuan Liu/Yuting Xia (CHN) and Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN). Semis: Matsumoto/Nagihara d. Fukushima/Hirota, 21-18, 21-17; Kim/Kong d. Liu/Xia, 21-15, 21-15. Final: Matsumoto/Nagihara d. Kim/Kong, 21-17, 22-20.

Mixed Doubles: 1. Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai (THA); 2. Kian Meng Tan/Pei Jing Lai (MAS); 3. Hafiz Faisal/Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja (INA) and Siwei Zheng/Yaqiong Huang (CHN). Semis: Tan/Lai d. Faisal/Widjaja, 21-16, 20-22, 22-20; Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai d. Zheng/Huang, 24-22, 21-19. Final: Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai d. Tan/Lai, 21-14, 21-6.