|Birth name||桃田 賢斗|
|Born||1 September 1994|
Mino, Kagawa, Japan
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||68 kg (150 lb)|
|Career record||269 wins, 79 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (27 September 2018)|
|Current ranking||1 (5 March 2019)|
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.
- 1 Badminton career
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Gambling scandal
- 4 Career overview
- 5 Record against selected opponents
- 6 References
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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||Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, Nanjing, China||Shi Yuqi||21-11, 21-13||Gold|
|2015||Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia||Chen Long||9–21, 15–21||Bronze|
|2018||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Chen Long||21–17, 21–13||Gold|
World Junior Championships
|2012||Chiba Port Arena, Chiba, Japan||Xue Song||21–17, 19–21, 21–19||Gold|
|2011||Taoyuan Arena, Taoyuan& Taipei, Chinese Taipei||Zulfadli Zulkiffli||18–21, 18–21||Bronze|
Asian Junior Championships
|2012||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea||Soong Joo Ven||21–13, 22–20||Gold|
|2011||Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow, India||Zulfadli Zulkiffli||18–21, 19–21||Bronze|
BWF World Tour
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, 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.
|2019||All England Open||Super 1000||Viktor Axelsen||21–11, 15–21, 21–15||Winner|
|2019||German Open||Super 300||Kenta Nishimoto||21–10, 21–16||Winner|
|2019||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Anders Antonsen||16–21, 21–14, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2018||BWF World Tour Finals||World Tour Finals||Shi Yuqi||12–21, 11–21||Runner-up|
|2018||Fuzhou China Open||Super 750||Chou Tien-chen||21–13, 11–21, 21–16||Winner|
|2018||Denmark Open||Super 750||Chou Tien-chen||22–20, 16–21, 21–15||Winner|
|2018||China Open||Super 1000||Anthony Sinisuka Ginting||21–23, 19–21||Runner-up|
|2018||Japan Open||Super 750||Khosit Phetpradab||21–14, 21–11||Winner|
|2018||Indonesia Open||Super 1000||Viktor Axelsen||21–14, 21–9||Winner|
|2018||Malaysia Open||Super 750||Lee Chong Wei||17–21, 21–23||Runner-up|
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.
|2016||India Open||Viktor Axelsen||21–15, 21–18||Winner|
|2015||World Superseries Finals||Viktor Axelsen||21–15, 21–12||Winner|
|2015||Indonesia Open||Jan Ø. Jørgensen||16–21, 21–19, 21–7||Winner|
|2015||Singapore Open||Hu Yun||21–17, 16–21, 21–15||Winner|
BWF Grand Prix
|2017||Macau Open||Ihsan Maulana Mustofa||21–16, 21–10||Winner|
|2017||Dutch Open||Yu Igarashi||21–10, 21–12||Winner|
|2017||Canada Open||Kanta Tsuneyama||20–22, 21–14, 14–21||Runner-up|
BWF International Challenge/Series
|2018||Vietnam International||Goh Giap Chin||21–9, 21–15||Winner|
|2017||Czech Open||Thomas Rouxel||21–8, 21–14||Winner|
|2017||Belgian International||Lee Cheuk Yiu||21–14, 21–18||Winner|
|2017||Yonex / K&D Graphics International||Kevin Cordon||21–7, 21–15||Winner|
|2013||Austrian International||Riichi Takeshita||21–19, 21–12||Winner|
|2013||Swedish Masters||Eric Pang||21–9, 16–21, 21–18||Winner|
|2013||Estonian International||Eetu Heino||20–22, 21–15, 21–15||Winner|
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. 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.
He came back from his suspension during midyear 2017.
Record against selected opponents
Momota head to head against selected opponents:
- Lin Dan 3–1
- Chen Long 3–5
- Tian Houwei 1–1
- Shi Yuqi 3–1
- Chou Tien-Chen 9–2
- Anders Antonsen 3–1
- Viktor Axelsen 11–2
- Jan Ø. Jørgensen 4–3
- Rajiv Ouseph 2–1
- Lucas Corvee 2–0
- Brice Leverdez 2–0
- Marc Zwiebler 3–0
- Wong Wing Ki 1–1
- Srikanth Kidambi 10–3
- Sai Praneeth 1–2
- Jonatan Christie 2–0
- Tommy Sugiarto 5–3
- Lee Chong Wei 2–2
- Mark Caljouw 4–0
- Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 3–2
- Vladimir Malkov 2–0
- Son Wan-ho 6–5
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- "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
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- "Kento Momota's Profile – Head To Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 1 February 2019.