World cham­pion Mo­mota bat­tles into China Open fi­nal

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

SHANG­HAI: World cham­pion Kento Mo­mota fought back from a game down to de­feat Olympic ti­tle-holder Chen Long and reach Sun­day's fi­nal of the Fuzhou China Open bad­minton tour­na­ment.

The Ja­panese world num­ber one will meet Tai­wan's Chou Tienchen in the de­cider af­ter beat­ing China's Chen 19-21, 21-17, 21-17.

Top seed Mo­mota is chas­ing a fourth tour­na­ment vic­tory in the World Tour cal­en­dar to add to the maiden world ti­tle he claimed in Au­gust.

But the all-ac­tion 24-year-old will have to de­feat the fourth seed Chou first.

Chou pulled off a shock in his semi-fi­nal on Satur­day when he em­phat­i­cally beat an­other Chi­nese player, the sec­ond seed Shi Yuqi, 21-11, 21-10.

Shi was clearly not at his best be­cause of in­jury and re­quired med­i­cal treat­ment dur­ing the match.

There was at least some­thing to cel­e­brate for the home crowd in the city of Fuzhou with vic­tory for China's Chen Yufei in the women's semi-fi­nals.

The fourth seed roared back to see off reign­ing three-time world cham­pion Carolina Marin of Spain, 11-21, 21-15, 21-13.

In Sun­day's fi­nal Chen will meet ei­ther fel­low Chi­nese He Bingjiao or Ja­pan's No­zomi Okuhara. - AFP

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