Badminton: Momota, Ratchanok clinch Indonesia Open titles
- Updated: June 8, 2015
June 8, 2015: Kento Momota produced the standout performance of the BCA Indonesia Open to deny World No. 2 Jan Jorgensen a second straight men’s singles title with a 16-21, 21-19, 21-7 win at Istora Senayan in Sunday’s finals.
The 20-year-old Japan No. 1 shrugged off a first-game deficit and even a lapse in the second to wrest the prestigious Superseries Premier title from his Danish rival, who faltered halfway through the final.
Momota, ranked World No. 9, admitted he told himself that if he won the second game “I will win this match”, adding he started to hit the shuttle long in the second game because of the drift.
“This match was a good challenge and I’m happy with how I played, but I need to improve my mental strength even more,” Momota said.
“I really appreciate the passionate support of Indonesian fans and I look forward to coming back and defending the title.”
Momota was the second 20-year-old to win a singles title on Sunday, with Ratchanok Intanon making up for her loss in last year’s women’s singles final by routing Momota’s compatriot Yui Hashimoto 21-11, 21-10.
“I told you yesterday that I can win this title and I did it,” Intanon said. “That was my goal coming here and I am very happy.”
The sixth seed remained gracious as ever towards an opponent with whom she had matters to settle. “Yui has played some good matches here. She beat Wang Yihan – and I have never done that. I think she was a bit tired today.
“She beat me in Australia and I learnt from that and prepared well for today. It was May’s day,” she laughed, referring to the name by which she is affectionately known in Thailand.
Korea’s world champions Ko Sung-hyun and Shin Baek-choel turned back a fierce assault by Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan of China to win 21-16, 16-21, 21-19 and ensure their country retained the men’s doubles crown won last year by Lee Yong-dae and Yoo Yeon-seong.
In only their second outing of the season, the winners were thrilled to clinch their first World Superseries title as Ko’s sizzling smash was too much for Zhang in the decider.
China savoured women’s doubles and mixed doubles glory, with Olympic champion Tian Qing – partnered by Tang Jinhua – retaining the title she won with Zhao Yunlei last year. The Chinese pair convincingly defeated Indonesia’s Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii 21-11, 21-10 in 45 minutes.
In an all-China clash, Xu Chen and Ma Jin earned a rare win over Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei, triumphing 21-17, 21-17 to win the mixed doubles crown.
Source: BWF World Superseries (bwfworldsuperseries.com); Editing by SportAsia