Badminton: Japan's Kento Momota wins OUE Singapore Open men's singles

KENTO Momota was crowned champion in the men's singles at badminton's OUE Singapore Open on Sunday, winning his first Superseries final.

The Japanese world No. 10 beat Hong Kong's Hu Yun (No. 13) 21-17, 16-21, 21-15 in a match that lasted almost 80 minutes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

This makes Momota the first shuttler in Japanese history to win a men's singles title at a Superseries event. He was also part of team that won the Thomas Cup last year.

Said the 20-year-old, speaking through a translator: "I felt a little bit of pressure going into the match because of the possibility of making history, but I just tried to turn that pressure into motivation."

Hu, meanwhile, was leading in the third game but lost his momentum following a successful challenge by Momota. Hu had played successive three-game matches coming into the final, beating world No. 1 Chen Long of China along the way.

In the women's singles, China's Sun Yu fought off three match points to beat Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-ying 21-13, 19-21, 22-20. The world No. 11 was playing her first Superseries final, and also has a superior 3-0 head-to-head record against the Taiwanese.

In the mixed doubles, originally slated to be the first match of the day, China's Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei won the event without playing a single point after team-mates Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong gave them a walkover, citing injury.

Lu had an apparent longstanding history of Baker's cyst in his left knee, which was aggravated and caused him to be unable to flex his knee.