Since he lost to Anders Antonsen in the Indonesia Masters final in January, Momota has been unbeaten in finals. It was the defeat in Jakarta, Momota said, that motivated him to push for more.
I was in form in Indonesia, and I was very disappointed when I lost. I used that as motivation to work harder. I didn’t want to lose another final, so I’ve put in a lot of effort. Today was a close match. I played very well in the third game, particularly when the points were close. Chou never gives up and he fights back no matter how far behind he is.” – Kento Momota, Fuzhou China Open 2019
Repeating last year’s battle, the world number 1 and 2 fought out 3 sets of 21-15, 17-21, 21-18.
Although defeated, Chou Tien Chen acknowledged Momota’s net skills and praised him for his performance.
Some of the rallies were very good, but I think his net skills were sharper than mine. It was very difficult to gain an advantage, I will have to improve.” – Chou Tien Chen, Fuzhou China Open 2019
Our group of friends have always loved watching Momota play, and his comeback since last year from his suspension has been nothing short of amazing. At 25 years of age, with many old birds retiring, Momota seems to be set to dominate the scene even further.