Indonesia Masters: Japan's Momota wins first title since 2020 car accident

Top-seeded Kento Momota of Japan beat third-seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-17, 21-11 in the men's singles final of the Indonesia Masters on Sunday.

Top-seeded Kento Momota of Japan beat third-seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-17, 21-11 in the men's singles final of the Indonesia Masters on Sunday to win his first title since a major car accident in January 2020.   -  AFP PHOTO / BADMINTON ASSOCIATION OF INDONESIA

Top-seeded Kento Momota of Japan beat third-seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark 21-17, 21-11 in the men's singles final of the Indonesia Masters on Sunday to win his first title since a major car accident in January 2020.

Last year, after winning the Malaysian Masters, Momota was on his way to the Kuala Lumpur airport when the van in which he was travelling crashed into a lorry from behind on the Maju Expressway. While the van driver died in the accident, Momota was lucky to escape with facial lacerations and bodily bruising but has struggled to be at his best at times.

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In the women's singles final, fourth-seeded An Seyoung of South Korea defeated top-seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan 21-17, 21-19 in a rematch of this year's Denmark Open final where the former had to retire during the final game.

In the men's doubles, Japan's Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi surprised home favourites and top-ranked pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, 21-11, 17-21, 21-19.

In women's doubles, Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida of Japan beat South Korea's unseeded team of Jeong Na Eun and Kim Hye Jeong 21-9, 21-11.

In the mixed doubles, Thailand's Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai won a one-sided final against Hong Kong's Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet 21-11, 21-12.

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