Fuzhou China Open
Kento Momota | Picture: BWF

Japanese Shuttler Kento Momota lifted the BWF Fuzhou China Open title as while Chen Yu Fei won the women’s title here on Sunday.

The defending champion and world number one, Momota, ousted Taiwan’s world number two, Chou Tien Chen 21-15, 17-21, 21-18.

Momota prevailed in a highly-intense match that lasted for 82 minutes.

In the first set, the top-seeded Japanese had an upper hand, clinching it 21-15.

Tien Chen, however, came storming back in the second game to edge Momota, taking the set 21-17.

But Momota, winner of 2018 Fuzhou China Open, once again regained momentum before finally putting the game on the bed.

In the women’s singles final, China’s Chen Yu Fei defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara 9-21, 21-12, 21-18.

But Yu Fei had to fight back, having lost the opening game to her Japanese counterpart.

The Chinese pegged back Nozomi in the second set before clinching it 21-12.

In the third and final set, both players gave their best but Yu Fei eventually edged Momota 21-18.

This defeat meant, Okuhara has now lost all six finals she has contested in this year.

Earlier, Japanese pair of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota defeated South Korean duo of Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan 21-17, 21-15 in the women’s doubles final.

In the mixed doubles final, second-seeded pair of Wang Yi Liu and Huang Dong Ping defeated top-seeded pair of Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong 21-14, 21-13 in an all Chinese affair.

In the men’s doubles final, Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo also won in straight sets.

The top-seeded pair defeated Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda 21-17, 21-9.





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