Kento Momota

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Kento Momota
Personal information
Birth name桃田 賢斗
Country Japan
Born (1994-09-01) 1 September 1994 (age 24)
Mino, Kagawa, Japan
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
HandednessLeft
CoachKeita Masuda
Men's singles
Career record269 wins, 79 losses
Highest ranking1 (27 September 2018)
Current ranking1 (5 March 2019)
BWF profile

Kento Momota (桃田 賢斗, Momota Kento, born 1 September 1994) is a Japanese badminton player. He is known for his explosive movements on court and his unpredictable style of play. He was winner of the gold medals at the 2018 World Championship, 2018 Asian Championships and 2012 World Junior Championships.

Badminton career[edit]

Kento Momota started his badminton career from junior level with quite perfect results. Momota's badminton talent has been seen since he was a child. The player born in Mitoyo City, Kagawa Prefecture, on September 1, 1994, started to wrestle with feathers since he was in the second grade of elementary school. He won the first title in a fairly prestigious tournament in Japan, the All Japan Elementary School Championships. Kala's Momota, who was in grade 6, came out as a champion in the men's singles number. After elementary school, Momota continued his studies in Junior High School in Fukuoka Prefecture. In his third year, he again won a similar tournament but at the junior level, the All Japan Junior High School Championships. Graduating from junior high school, Momota studied at the Fukuoka High School.

2011[edit]

Momota's intensity is increasingly visible as he takes part in a bigger race, the 2011 World Junior Championship held in Taiwan. Even though he hasn't made it as a champion, his achievement is the opening for the next Momota award. At that time he had to be satisfied with the victory after losing in the semifinals of Malaysian junior Zulfadli Zulkiffli who came out as the 2011 World Junior Champion. End of 2011, Momota began to compete with his seniors in the All Japan Badminton Championship or 2011 Japan National Championship. the final after losing to the champion, Kenichi Tago, won Momota appreciated by the Nippon Badminton Association (NBA). Momota also began to join the Japanese national team and is projected to become a future son.

2012[edit]

Young Momota continues to learn from his defeat. After failing at the 2011 World Junior Championship, he tried his luck at the 2012 Asian Junior Championship held in Gimcheon, South Korea. Not wanting to repeat his mistakes in 2011, he avenged his defeat by becoming Asia Junior Champion after in the final round defeating Malaysian representatives, Soong Joo Ven two straight games, 21-13, 22-20. Momota's Asia Junior Champion Title by being the best at the world level junior level. In the same year, Momota confirmed its title at the World Junior Championship held in Chiba, Japan. Appearing at home, Momota managed to donate gold in public. In the final round, he beat the mainstay of China, Xue Song through a very tight rubber game match. Momota won 21-17, 19-21, 21-19

2013[edit]

The promising Momota prospect attracted the attention of the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation, the badminton club of NTT East which finally succeeded in asking for his hand to join. Momota officially joined the club that raised its name since April 2013. NTT is the largest telecommunications company in Japan. By joining the NTT East club, Momota was ready with the consequences of also working at the company. Momota who was then 19 years old had begun to learn to manage time management in such a way. He began to get used to dividing his time to work, practicing on the Japanese national team, and being active in his club.

In 2013, Momota who started the youth competition was sent to the International Challenge (IC) competition level. Satisfactory results in Momih in the IC satisfaction series in Europe. Momota managed to emerge as champion in Estonia, Sweden and Austria. Momota was immediately forged in a series of Grand Prix / Gold (GP / GPG) tournaments and even superseries (premiers) throughout 2013. In tournaments with higher castes, Momota could not immediately become a champion. Great achievement does require a process that is not instant, that's the sentence that would be right for Momota who at that time really struggled with often crawl from the qualifying round.

2014[edit]

He won all his matches during Japan's maiden Thomas Cup victory in 2014, playing second men's singles behind Kenichi Tago. He was the first Japanese player to win the Singapore Open. By winning that title, he became the first Japanese player to successfully capture a Super Series in Men's Singles and currently holds the record as the youngest Super Series champion in that category.

2015[edit]

In 2015 Sudirman Cup, he repeated his feat in Thomas Cup again to help Japan finish runner-up. He made history once more in the BWF World Championships 2015 held in Jakarta. It made him the first Japanese player to win a medal in Men's Singles category in that competition, making it to the semi-finals, before losing to Chen Long in straight sets. In addition, he was the winner in the 2015 edition of BWF World Superseries Final in Dubai. He competed at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon as well as the 2016 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Hyderabad.

2018[edit]

On 29 April 2018, he won the 2018 Badminton Asia Championship which was held in Wuhan, China for the first time after the final defeated Chen Long of China with a score of 21-17, 21-13

On 5 August 2018, he won the 2018 World Championship in Nanjing, China after he won the final defeat of Shi Yuqi from China with a score of 21-11, 21-13

Achievements[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, China China Shi Yuqi 21-11, 21-13 Gold Gold
2015 Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia China Chen Long 9–21, 15–21 Bronze Bronze

Asian Championships[edit]

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China China Chen Long 21–17, 21–13 Gold Gold

World Junior Championships[edit]

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Chiba Port Arena, Chiba, Japan China Xue Song 21–17, 19–21, 21–19 Gold Gold
2011 Taoyuan Arena, Taoyuan& Taipei, Chinese Taipei Malaysia Zulfadli Zulkiffli 18–21, 18–21 Bronze Bronze

Asian Junior Championships[edit]

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea Malaysia Soong Joo Ven 21–13, 22–20 Gold Gold
2011 Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow, India Malaysia Zulfadli Zulkiffli 18–21, 19–21 Bronze Bronze

BWF World Tour[edit]

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[1] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[2]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 All England Open Super 1000 Denmark Viktor Axelsen 21–11, 15–21, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 German Open Super 300 Japan Kenta Nishimoto 21–10, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Indonesia Masters Super 500 Denmark Anders Antonsen 16–21, 21–14, 16–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals China Shi Yuqi 12–21, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Fuzhou China Open Super 750 Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 21–13, 11–21, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Denmark Open Super 750 Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 22–20, 16–21, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 China Open Super 1000 Indonesia Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21–23, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Japan Open Super 750 Thailand Khosit Phetpradab 21–14, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Denmark Viktor Axelsen 21–14, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Malaysia Open Super 750 Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 17–21, 21–23 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels, Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, introduced in 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the end of the year.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 India Open Denmark Viktor Axelsen 21–15, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 World Superseries Finals Denmark Viktor Axelsen 21–15, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Indonesia Open Denmark Jan Ø. Jørgensen 16–21, 21–19, 21–7 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Singapore Open Hong Kong Hu Yun 21–17, 16–21, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Macau Open Indonesia Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21–16, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Dutch Open Japan Yu Igarashi 21–10, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Canada Open Japan Kanta Tsuneyama 20–22, 21–14, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2018 Vietnam International Malaysia Goh Giap Chin 21–9, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Czech Open France Thomas Rouxel 21–8, 21–14 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Belgian International Hong Kong Lee Cheuk Yiu 21–14, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Yonex / K&D Graphics International Guatemala Kevin Cordon 21–7, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Austrian International Japan Riichi Takeshita 21–19, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Swedish Masters Netherlands Eric Pang 21–9, 16–21, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Estonian International Finland Eetu Heino 20–22, 21–15, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Gambling scandal[edit]

On 7 April 2016, Momota admitted visiting an illegal casino in Tokyo after casino staff reported him gambling there "frequently". In a board meeting, it was revealed that he gambled away 0.5 million yen during 6 visits to the casino with his teammate, Kenichi Tago, who spent 10 million yen after 60 visits to various casinos.[3][4] The Nippon Badminton Association secretary general Kinji Zeniya said it would “probably be impossible” for Momota to participate in the 2016 Rio Olympics, with frequent gambling being punishable by law with a prison sentence of up to 3 years.[5][6][7][8]

He came back from his suspension during midyear 2017.

Career overview[edit]

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Momota head to head against selected opponents:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ THE PAGE(ザ・ページ) (8 April 2016), バドミントン男子・桃田賢斗、田児賢一 賭博行為について会見, retrieved 8 April 2016
  4. ^ "Japan ace Momota 'regrets betrayal' as possible Rio ban looms". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Badminton stars Momota, Tago admit visiting illegal casinos". The Japan Times Online. 7 April 2016. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Kento Momota gambles with Rio Olympic berth after casino visit". The Indian Express. 7 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Japan badminton ace Kento Momota facing Rio chop over casino visit". France 24. Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  8. ^ "S'pore Open men's champ axed from tournament". TODAYonline. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  9. ^ "Kento Momota's Profile – Head To Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 1 February 2019.