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Momota, Tai power through to China Open finals

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-09-22 11:07
Kento Momota of Japan competes against Indonesian player Tommy Sugiarto at the second round of men's single of 2019 Badminton China Open, in Changzhou, East China's Jiangsu province, Sept 19, 2019. [Photo/IC]

CHANGZHOU, China - World No 1 male shuttler Kento Momota of Japan and the women's singles second seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei powered through to the respective finals at the 2019 Badminton China Open here on Saturday.

The top-seeded Momota strove 87 minutes to eliminate China's Olympic champion Chen Long 19-21, 21-18, 21-16.

"Of course we all hoped to win and we both played well," commented the fifth seed Chen, who won five times in their previous eight competitions.

"Chen is a very powerful player and it was an intense game," said Momota, who will face Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia in the final, a replay of last year's final where Ginting finally won the gold medal.

"I will try my best to perform well," said Momota when asked about the final.

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