As Japan's Kento Momota continued to gain ascendancy following his return to top-tier badminton, China as a collective force seems to be heading in the opposite direction.
World No. 8 Momota defeated top seed Viktor Axelsen 21-14, 21-9 yesterday to win the Indonesian Open men's singles title - his biggest crown since his comeback last year. While the Asian champion's victory did not raise eyebrows, there was some surprise over how the draw unfolded in Jakarta.
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