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Kento Momota: The first Japanese shuttler to top badminton world rankings

By: Srishty Sharon
Date: 28 Sep, 2018
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The 24-year-old Japanese badminton player, World champion, Kento Momota has climbed up to the World No 1 spot in the BWF World rankings.


This is undoubtedly a moment of joy for Japan, and the Japanese badminton aficionados as the ace shuttler Momota has reached the topmost position in the sport.


The explosive shuttler replaced the Danish ace Viktor Axelson and moved on to the first spot in the list Men's Singles category. Not just this, but Momota also became the first ever Japanese man to hit the top rank.

In Image: Viktor Axelsen 

On the other hand, Rio Olympic bronze medallist, Axelsen, who also won the World Championships in 2017 has slipped and is firm at the third position, whereas the Chinese shuttler Shi Yuqi is reigning at the 2nd position.


In Image: Shi Yuqi

In April 2016, Momota was banned from partaking in championships and tournaments as he was accused of visiting an illegal casino due to which the Japanese ace didn't get a chance to compete at the Olympics also. However, he made a comeback and competed at the Canadian Open that took place in July.


Momota has won back-to-back championships in March and April 2018; however, the shuttler lost the Malaysian Open to Lee Chong Wei in the finals.


In the Indonesian Open that took place in July, Momota foiled Axelsen in the decider, and later, the tremendous player won the World Championships held at Nanjing China.


Momota has also won the Japan Open that concluded earlier this month, however at the China Open; Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting thwarted him at the China Open.


We wish the ace all the very best for his upcoming tournaments and congratulate on this accomplishment.  

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