Antonsen wins first Indonesia Masters title

JAKARTA (AFP) – Danish player Anders Antonsen won his first ever Indonesia Masters after defeating world number one Kento Momota of Japan on Saturday night to claim the 2019 title.

Antonsen reached the final of the championship for the first time and managed to upset Momota 21-16, 14-21 and 21-16 in a game that lasted one hour and 19 minutes.

“It’s amazing to think that I started playing badminton when I was (a) six-year-old and I’ve always been dreaming about winning one of these titles, so it’s crazy that I’m finally here,” Antonsen told reporters after the historic win.

“I’ve finally done it, I can’t even describe how good it feels,” the 21-year-old shuttler said.

Antonsen breezed to the final after defeating home’s favourite Jonatan Christie on Friday.

Momota admitted the Dane had been playing extremely well since the beginning of the tournament.

“Antonsen’s attacks were better and his defence was stronger today,” Momota said.