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Momota tops No. 1 seed in Indonesia final

AFP JAKARTA (AFP-Jiji) — Japanese shuttler Kento Momota claimed his second Indonesia Open badminton title Sunday, defeating top-seeded Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-14, 21-9 in the men’s singles final.

The 23-year-old Momota won the 2015 Indonesia Open, but was slapped with a 12-month ban by the Japan Badminton Association the following year after being caught gambling in an illegal casino. This is Momota’s biggest title since his 2017 comeback.

“This victory means so much to me ahead of the world championships and Asian Games,” he said after the match.

In the women’s singles final, No. 1 seed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan beat China’s Chen Yufei 21-23, 21-15, 21-9, adding to the title she won in 2016 as an unseeded player.

In women’s doubles, second seeds Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan bagged the title after beating compatriots Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara 21-14, 16-21, 21-14.Speech

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