JAKARTA – Kento Momota will take home a bronze medal, the first hardware ever for a Japanese man in Badminton World Championships singles competition following his semifinal defeat on Saturday.
Momota, ranked fourth in the world, lost 21-9, 21-15 to reigning world No. 1, Chen Long of China.
“I really felt the pressure Chen Long put on,” Momota said. “I succumbed to that and trying to do too much, made mistakes.”
Japan also earned bronze in women’s doubles, when Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao fell to Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen 21-12, 21-15.