Momota A Class Of His Own – Promising Future For Indonesia and Denmark
A look at the 2019 results in Mens Singles tells us that Kento Momota is currently almost unbeatable. 4 of the 5 biggest trophies went to Japan and Momota won quite a few BWF 750 events as well. Most opponents are having a hard time to even score a decent amount of points. In the World Championship semifinal and final Sai Praneeth and Anders Antonsen looked pretty desperate and had no clue how to get the shuttle on the floor. Momota`s court coverage, speed and shot quality is just too good. And since he seems to have much more stamina than his competition he can afford to just make the rallies long until the opponent runs out of gas.
|Yonex All England Open Championsships||Blibli Indonesia Open||BWF World Championships||Victor China Open||BWF World Tour Finals|
|Winner||Kento Momota||Chou Tien Chen||Kento Momota||Kento Momota||Kento Momota|
|Runner-Up||Victor Axelsen||Anders Antonsen||Anders Antonsen||Anthony Ginting||Anthony Ginting|
The Best Of The Rest?
With Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei not being real factors anymore, Chou Tien Chen, Anders Antonsen and Chen Long established themselves as the first persecutors of Momota. But the only one who seems to be able to trouble an In-Form Momota seems to be Indonesian hope Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. He lost most of their clashes, but they were all pretty close and often went to the decider. Ginting`s creativity, deceiptions and explosive attacks is the playing style you need if you want to penetrate the Japanese defense. In my book he is the only danger for Momota in Tokyo 2020.
Also read: Anthony Ginting – Hidayat`s Successor?
Lin Dan In Career Twilight
Apropos Lin Dan… the Chinese Badminton Legend – and in my opinion Best Mens Singles Player ever – is slowly but surely fading out of world class. He is still capable of pulling off some good performances from time to time, like in Malaysia Open 2019 – but most of the times you can see his decline. He is just so much slower than in his prime and people should remember the real Lin Dan and not this version. Prime Lin Dan was an almost perfect Badminton Player with no weaknesses. Like a Kento Momota plus a deadly attacking mode. That`s how good he was!