Champ’s return ends with defeat

UK-Japan News April 2021

Photo: Nardisoero via Wikimedia Commons

Badminton champion Kento Momota was knocked out of the All England Open quarter finals in Birmingham by Malaysian Lee Zii Jia, according to a 20 March story in The Asahi Shimbun. It was Momota’s first competition after a year-long absence, following a January 2020 car crash when he fractured his nose and right eye socket. “I did not play well and I was rushing through the points and that’s why I couldn’t play my game”, he said.