Long reign at the top is Japan's world No. 1 Kento Momota's aim

Japan's world No. 1 Kento Momota will be the star to watch at the Singapore Open next week despite a second-round loss to Jonatan Christie of Indonesia at the Malaysia Open.
Japan's world No. 1 Kento Momota will be the star to watch at the Singapore Open next week despite a second-round loss to Jonatan Christie of Indonesia at the Malaysia Open.PHOTO: REUTERS

World No. 1 hopes to emulate dominant idols like Lin Dan after staging stunning comeback

Reaching badminton's summit, particularly after all the obstacles he had to overcome, is only the first step for Kento Momota as he seeks to dominate the sport in the same way his idols Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei once did.

The Kagawa native is the reigning world, Asian and All England champion - all firsts for a Japanese male shuttler - and will be among the favourites at next year's Tokyo Olympics on home soil.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2019, with the headline 'Long reign at the top is Momota's aim '. Print Edition | Subscribe