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14 Sep, 2018
The 2018 Worlds champion Kento Momota of Japan thrashed
the Chinese Super Dan aka Lin Dan with 21-8, 21-10 in the Semi-Finals at the
BWF Super 700 Japan Open 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.
The third seeded Japanese rose to 11-3 lead with 8-points
break towards the breather in the opening game and never looked back, while in
the second game Momota stamped the dominance since the beginning, gradually
increasing the dominance.
Meanwhile in another court, the seventh seeded Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lost
the battle to the South Korean Lee Dong Keun with 21-19, 16-21, 18-21 in the
match that lasted for one hour and nineteen minutes.
Unlike in the opening round, Srikanth failed to grab the
stride and started to trail after a 5-5 deficit with 12-5, later managed to
reduce the gap with 16-18 before losing. In the decider, the Indian never gave
up, but it was not his day.
With this, India ends the good run at the 2018 Japan
In the Women’s Singles discipline, Chen Yufei saved the
country’s pride immediate after Lin’s Loss; defeated the world no. 2 Akane
Yamaguchi of Japan with 21-13, 15-21, 21-15.
Chen will now either face Carolina Marin of Spain or
Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the Semi-Finals match on Saturday.
In another Women’s Singles match, Aya Ohori of Japan beat
Gao Fangjie of China with 21-14, 21-12 in the battle of 46-minutes.
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