Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

BWF News: Kento Momota Sets New Record in Prize Money

Kento Momota, the talented badminton player, has achieved a remarkable feat in the world of badminton. He has become the first player in history to earn half a million US dollars in prize money in a single calendar year. This exceptional accomplishment comes after Momota added the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2019 to his impressive list of ten other titles this season.

Unprecedented Success for Kento Momota

Momota’s sensational performance in Guangzhou secured him a whopping $120,000 in prize money. His incredible journey throughout the year, which included victories in two Super 1000 events (All England and VICTOR China Open), three Super 750 events (Japan Open, Denmark Open, Fuzhou China Open), two Super 500 events (Singapore Open, Korea Open), and one Super 300 event (German Open), has made him the highest-earning badminton player of the year. With a total of 11 titles in 2019, Momota has solidified his position as the most successful men’s singles player ever in a single calendar year.

Other Notable Performances

While Momota dominated the men’s singles category, Chou Tien Chen, the winner of the Indonesia Open, secured second place with a prize money earnings of $234,610. In the women’s singles, Chen Yufei emerged as the most successful player of the season, clinching seven titles and earning a total of $387,875. However, her dominance was closely contested by Tai Tzu Ying, who secured substantial earnings of $307,700.

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Yuta Watanabe had an exceptional season in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles categories, accumulating a total of $159,387 in earnings. Another standout performer was Seo Seung Jae, who excelled in two categories and earned a combined sum of $96,556.

Stellar Performances in Doubles Events

The mixed doubles pair of Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong proved to be the stars of the season, earning over a quarter-million US dollars each ($263,200). Their incredible performances included winning the World Championships, all three Super 1000 titles, and the World Tour Finals.

In the men’s doubles, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo stood out as the most successful pair, clinching eight titles and earning $245,316 individually. They surpassed their compatriots Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, who earned $200,320 each.

Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan emerged as the highest earners in women’s doubles, with both players accumulating $216,131 in prize money.

Summary

Kento Momota has shattered records and set a new standard in prize money earnings for a single calendar year. With 11 titles and an unprecedented total of $506,900, he has showcased his unmatched skills and dominance in the men’s singles category. The season also witnessed outstanding performances from other talented players, including Chen Yufei, Tai Tzu Ying, and the formidable doubles pairs of Zheng Si Wei/Huang Ya Qiong and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. As the badminton world eagerly awaits the next season, fans and enthusiasts can only marvel at the exceptional talent and dedication displayed by these remarkable athletes.

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