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Japan’s Momota wins first title since car crash

Nov 22 (Reuters) – Two-time world champion Kento Momota gained his first BWF title since a street accident final 12 months after the Japanese beat Denmark’s Anders Antonsen within the last of the Indonesia Masters on Sunday.

Momota was dominated out of competitors for a while as he fractured his nostril and proper eye socket, and sustained a number of lacerations to his face after the van he was travelling in, in Malaysia, crashed right into a truck in January 2020.

The world primary ended his lengthy look ahead to a title with a 21-17 21-11 win over Antonsen on Sunday.

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“I am so happy. I’ve worked so hard for this victory,” Momota said after the match.

“I was just trying to play my best in both games. I didn’t do anything else and I wasn’t rushing my shots. Doing my best got me there in the end.”

The 27-year-old, who loved a stellar 2019 after successful a file 11 titles, suffered a disappointing group-stage exit on the Tokyo Olympics.

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Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru
Editing by Shri Navaratnam

Badminton - Thomas & Uber Cup - Aarhus, Denmark - October 16, 2021 Japan's Kento Momota in action during his match against China's Shi Yu Qi in the mens team semi final Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS

Badminton - Thomas Cup - Aarhus, Denmark - October 14, 2021 Japan's Kento Momota celebrates after winning his match. Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS

Badminton - Thomas & Uber Cup - Aarhus, Denmark - October 16, 2021 Japan's Kento Momota in action during his match against China's Shi Yu Qi in the mens team semi final Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix via REUTERS

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