Indonesia Open: World No.1 Kento Momota Defeated Lakshya Sen

During the ongoing Indonesia Open event, Lakshya Sen confronted top-seeded Kento Momota again in two weeks and was defeated.

For the second time around, the Indian rookie faced off against World’s No. 1 Kento Momota, however, the Japanese prodigy leveled-up his A game to win the opening round game in the Indonesia Open Super 1000 event that was held in Bali on Tuesday.

We are elaborating what happened to the match in this ข่าวกีฬา, read along to find out.

The opening match

Sen was leading during the mid-game lull in between the matches 11-10, and he even presented a four-point advantage with 18-14 in the opening match and 14-10 in the final match. However, that is when Momota laid out all the tricks up his sleeves to put together a series of points that would eventually aid him to finish the games with 23-21, 21-15 in just 54 minutes.

During the opening match, Sen managed to save match points of two from 18-20 and also had his own match points of 21-20. In the second match, it has become apparent to Sen that he lost 11 out of the previous 12 points with Momota forging the path.

The rally between the two was so intense that both players were on their knees after the final moments of the game. However, both players engaged in a warm hug and a smile emanated in both of them which indicates that Sen had given Momota a good game, the former sits right at No. 19 in the world ranking for his best performance yet.

Sen was encountering Momota for the second time in two weeks in the ongoing badminton event in Bali. Momota, who is on his campaign to his first BWF tour since 2020 began, had defeated Sen 21-13, 21-19 in the second match last week during the Indonesia Masters in which was the Super 750 event.

Results from other categories

All the Indian athletes were defeated in all of their matches that they have participated in during the opening day of the Bali event. On Wednesday, the first round of the matches will continue.

Meanwhile, in other men’s singles games, Parupalli Kashyap plunged down with 11-21 14-21 to Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew, where he was ousted from the competition. 

As for the men’s doubles, the duo of M. R. Arjun and Dhruv Kapila yielded to Choi Solgyu and Kim Wonho of Korea during the opening round with a score of 20-22 13-21. Both Kapila and Arjun had two match points awarded in the opening game prior to their defeat to the Korean duo.

Meanwhile, the pair of Juhi Dewangan and Venkat Gaurav Prasad had a disappointing exit as they were beaten by the German power pair of Linda Efler and Jones Ralfy Jansen with 12-21 4-21.

Upcoming matches

On Wednesday, PV Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi will begin their campaigns for the Bali event, while duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, on the other hand, had a walkover victory.

Both PV Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi are both set to comeet in their respective games in the current Indonesia Open 2021 on November 24. The duo will arrive at the event after both athletes lost their opportunity to land on the Indonesia Masters finals. 

Sindhu was defeated by Japanese sensation Akane Yamaguchi during the women’s singles event, while Srikanth was defeated in his men’s singles semifinals game against Danish player Anders Antonsen.

Even though both shuttlers gave their best performances on the Indonesia Masters events, both still retired from the competition early.

The Indonesia Open 2021 is currently happening at the Bali International Convention Center in Bali, the live streaming coverage of the games on November 24 will start at 9:30 AM IST. The Indonesia Open is just one of the scheduled badminton events in the BWF World Tour series. 

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