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World No.1 Kento Momota overcomes a tough challenge from Sai Praneeth to advance to the second round of the Singapore Open 2019. Praneeth, playing at the venue where he achieved his career’s biggest triumph in 2017, had Momota within reach but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. In a thrilling match lasting 75 minutes, Momota emerged victorious with a score of 19-21, 21-14, 22-20.

Match of the Day

Praneeth showcased exceptional wristwork, keeping Momota on his toes and preventing him from dominating the game. However, from a 9-all tie in the third set, Momota’s steady and opportunistic playing style allowed him to establish a comfortable lead of 19-13. Praneeth fought back, unleashing powerful smashes and leveling the score at 20-all. Yet, when it counted the most, Momota displayed composure and refused to give up the advantage.

Praneeth, disappointed with the loss, acknowledged the critical moments that slipped away and recognized Momota’s unforgiving nature on the court. Reflecting on the match, Praneeth shared, “There were some crucial rallies where he drew me into his game and I lost those points. You can’t give him any chances. I gained some confidence by pushing him to the limit, but winning a match like this also boosts your performance in the next one. I’m satisfied with my performance today, but it would have been even better if I could have pulled off the victory.”

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Other Results

  • Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt defeated Gregoria Mariska Tunjung from Indonesia, winning for the first time in three matches with a score of 21-16, 22-20.
  • Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino, the second seeds in mixed doubles, faced their third consecutive defeat, including the second one in two weeks, against Malaysia’s Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing. The final score was 16-21, 21-18, 21-15.
  • Malaysia Open women’s singles champion Tai Tzu Ying overcame a tough challenge from Beiwen Zhang, with both players neck-and-neck at 18-all in the third set. Tai ultimately triumphed with a score of 21-14, 10-21, 21-18.

Talking Point

“It was a very intense match. The unpredictable wind in the stadium posed additional challenges. I gained more confidence from defeating top players like Kento Momota and Viktor Axelsen in Malaysia. However, my performance today did not meet my expectations.” – Jonatan Christie, reflecting on his victory over Khosit Phetpradab with a score of 21-18, 19-21, 21-18.

FAQs

Q: How long did the match between Kento Momota and Sai Praneeth last?
A: The match lasted for 75 minutes.

Q: What was the final score of the match?
A: Kento Momota won with a score of 19-21, 21-14, 22-20.

Q: Who emerged as the winner in the Malaysia Open match between Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen?
A: Lin Dan retired from the match while trailing 13-20 due to cramps in his left thigh.

Summary

In the Singapore Open 2019, world No.1 Kento Momota showcased his skills against Sai Praneeth, eventually securing a victory in a nail-biting three-set match. Despite a spirited fightback from Praneeth, Momota’s steady and calculated gameplay proved to be the deciding factor. The match, lasting 75 minutes, saw Momota triumph with a score of 19-21, 21-14, 22-20. The tournament also witnessed other thrilling matches, including Mia Blichfeldt’s win over Gregoria Mariska Tunjung and the defeat of mixed doubles second seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino. Additionally, Tai Tzu Ying successfully navigated her way past Beiwen Zhang. Jonatan Christie’s victory over Khosit Phetpradab concluded the eventful day of badminton.

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