Badminton ace Momota closes on 11th title of the year

SHANGHAI (AFP) – Kento Momota eased into the semi-finals of the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals on Friday as the peerless Japanese goes after an 11th title of the year.

The world number one swatted aside Jonatan Christie of Indonesia 21-14, 21-14 for his third victory on the bounce in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The 25-year-old is having a spectacular 2019, his run of tournament wins includes the world championships, and will be clear favourite against Taiwan’s 19th-ranked Wang Tzu-wei.

Also into the last four is the reigning Olympic champion and home hope Chen Long, who faces Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia.

Former number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark bowed out after retiring from his match against Ginting complaining of a strained right hamstring muscle and pain in his groin.

Kento Momota of Japan hits a return against Jonatan Christie of Indonesia. PHOTO: AFP