Kento Momota (桃田賢斗)

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  1. London_Player

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    Can't see Kento beating Anthony tomorrow, who is in fine form and hasn't lost a game yet.

    It would be a miracle if Kento wins this tournament and if he does, he will break the record in MS, as the first man to win 4 back to back major tournaments, as Gill Clark commented. I think that's why entered the tournament. The accumulated fatigue can't be ignored my Kento, he is not a superman.
     
  2. kurako

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    Vittinghus's interview following his loss to Momota.

     
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    How many matches have the top 10 players played this year?
     
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    At least, the top 10 players must play in 12 tournaments a year, consisting of all of 8 WT750+ and 4 WT500 tournaments. As far as KM is concerned, he has played 14 tournaments this year, 9 of them has been won by him.
     
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    you can calculate it using this info: https://bwfbadminton.com/rankings/2...es/2019/43?rows=25&page_no=1&player1_id=89785

    # of matches played, not incl. french open (# of tourneys, avg. matches per tournament):

    10. KIDAMBI Srikanth - 30 (12, 2.5)
    9. NG Ka Long Angus - 44 (17, 2.6)
    8. Anthony Sinisuka GINTING - 44 (16, 2.8)
    7. Jonatan CHRISTIE - 50 (16, 3.1)
    6. Viktor AXELSEN - 47 (12, 3.9)
    5. Anders ANTONSEN - 47 (14, 3.4)
    4. CHEN Long - 46 (15, 3.1)
    3. SHI Yu Qi - 31 (9, 3.4)
    2. CHOU Tien Chen - 55 (16, 3.4)
    1. Kento MOMOTA - 60 (14, 4.3)
     
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  6. kurako

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    I haven't seen any post-R2 interviews posted anywhere, but Momota's post-R1 interview (the match against Wang Tzu Wei) has been uploaded onto the J-Sports Twitter site. It is entirely in Japanese, but one can discern from his expression that he is not feeling particularly upbeat.




    A rough summary of the points he makes is:

    1. Towards the end of the match, both my opponent and I were fatigued. Mentally, it was extremely tough, but I think that the reason I managed to win was the strength of my feeling.
    2. It would be a lie if I said that I wasn't fatigued, but I want to win all the matches in which I can participate. Even where I am losing, I aim to give it my all; I don't intend to slacken off. I am happy that I managed to win today, despite it being a very tight match.
    3. It is difficult to keep motivated in successive tournaments, especially as I won last week. I wasn't able to build up my feelings and lacked 'hunger' today, thereby losing the first game easily and giving impetus to my opponent. As a result, I only made the match tougher for myself. I regret this, and intend to play with more momentum and pressurise my opponent tomorrow [the R2 match against Vittinghus].
    4. [When questioned how he keeps himself motivated] I want to play matches that encourage the fans who come to watch me, the staff who support me, and those cheering me on from Japan. The only way I can show my appreciation for this support is through my game, and having these people watch me trying to play true to my form in each and every game is the source of my motivation.

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    Due to the time difference, I haven't seen any of Momota's matches this week. Listening to the interview above, and looking at the previous two scorelines, though, I am not sure if I want to watch today's match, either. Will the strength of his feelings prevail today?
     
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    Haha, you too.
    I've got some different results, though (and double-checked after seeing yours, so mine are correct :p ). Also excluding FO:
    Kento Momota
    60
    Chou Tien Chien

    54
    Shi Yuqi
    29
    Anders Antonsen
    45
    Chen Long
    43
    Jonatan Christie
    47
    Viktor Axelsen
    42
    Anthony Ginting
    45
    Son Wan Ho
    6
    Kidambi Srikanth
    30
    Ng Ka Long Angus
    39
    Kenta Nishimoto
    32
    Sai Praneeth
    36
    Kantaphon Wangchroen
    39
    Kanta Tsuneyama
    37
    Lee Zii Jia
    44
    Tommy Sugiarto
    30
    Sameer Verma
    22
    Lin Dan
    37
    Lu Guang Zu
    32
     
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    No, it's exactly like last year at this tournament. There's nothing left. Despite Momota having surprised me many times before, if the game tomorrow is anything else but a clear victory for Ginting, I'll eat my hat.
     
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    In Korea Open, due to his play in early round, i had thought that he could had no chance against Chou, but he has surprised me so much. This time, the situation is much harder, his next opponent is Ginting, the player he has troubles to overcome even with his full stamina, so let see if he could make us surprised again
     
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    17/32 = 1 match played, lost rd 1
    9/16 = 2 matches played, lost rd 2
    5/8 = 3 matches played, lost 1/4's
    3/4 = 4 matches played, lost semi
    2 & 1 = 5 matches played, win or lose
    (add 1 for wc due to 64 draw)

    i believe you are correct. i used above table for sudirman cup, where everyone gets a '1'... i didn't bother looking up actual # of matches played in that tourney. too lazy.

    momota & ctc have played way more than everyone else.
     
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    Thanks @samkool very useful.

    Ginting is a very different proposition. If Momota prevails today feeling or talent or anything it'll be a miracle!
     
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    Last year he already had a very successful year. This year 2019, he already exceeded the achievements of 2018. Hoping he will win Fuzhou and World Tour Finals. If he does, 2019 will become historic.
     
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    Yes, and you'd need to do this for every single player. Walkovers are also not included. I simply counted. That's even more annoying, but more accurate. ;)
     
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    Never count Momota out. He is going to go all out to win today. 勝負!勝負!勝負!
     
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    Of course he will try his best, but unfortunately his gas tank is practically running on fumes by now. The way I see it, if he can't take game 1, then it's match over.

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    As long as he doesn't get injury
     
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    Love your enthusiasm but maybe if you saw him yesterday you wouldn't be so confident.

    He is human and seeing the movements of Ginting on the opposite court yesterday, I can tell that the match will be totally on his side.

    But yes I want Momota to win 4 consecutive tournaments.
     
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    I saw Momota vs Vittinghus live, and it was a surprising match,
    definitely more entertaining than I expected.
    It feels very much like the Hong Kong Open in 2018,
    when Momota on his last legs was taken to three games at each round
    before being taken out by SWH in the semi-finals.

    I had not seen the match vs Wang Tzu Wei, except the last points.
    But after the first exchanges, with Vittinghus leading 8-1 in Game 1,
    it was clear that Momota had nothing left in the tank:
    his court coverage was off, with more unforced errors than usual,
    and when he was smashing, there was no zip, no power (tame sound);
    except for the 3rd game, all his smashes were easily retrieved by Vittinghus,
    even in situations where he would normally easily kill the point.
    So Momota became very passive but he never gave in.

    Vittinghus was dictating the points, he gave absolutely everything he's got and he had a couple of very nice points.
    But I felt in Game 1 that if Momota could somewhat survive in Game 2,
    Vittinghus would crumble: Vittinghus was using a lot of energy
    and you could tell he was at the limit, if not already over it.
    In fact, early in Game 2, he got some treatment to put a huge strapping on his right thigh for cramps,
    which he eventually removed later on.
    Game 2 was electric: with Momota losing 16-19, I was not optimistic,
    and the organization (but not necessarily the crowd) was definitely pro-Denmark,
    putting Iceland's clapping music repeatedly in the money time.
    Yet, Momota defied the odds and survived,
    to the delight of the many fans he had in the French crowd.
    Someone said that Vittinghus got cocky, but I don't think that's the case:
    he was just trying to pump himself up for the last hurdle.

    After was, Game 3 was completely one way, with some funny moments:

    What this video does not show however is that Vittinghus replied by a few push-ups of his own :cool:

    At the same time, Ginting was having an easy match, two courts away on Court 4.
    And he is more than fresh, having lost in Round 1 last week.

    So everything hints that Momota's fabulous streak will end today,
    but who knows?
     
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    What makes you think I am confident?

    I just want to show my support, whatever the odds. And, if anyone can do it, then it's him. ファイト!
     
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    I loved the fun side of this match when Momota did the push-ups :)
    Could have been a reaction to the completely on fire HKV who was celebrating and screaming quite a lot... Surely satisfying knowing opponent is going all out, you are tired, a little annoyed opponent is celebrating that much while he knows you are only at linke 80% of your game and you still crush him in a third game.

    Imo quite amazing how KM got out of this match bc HKV was playing his best match of the year (until he couldn't hold up his A game stamina wise). It was KMs basic B or C game that even wins a tired KM matches against opponents playing their A game going all out!

    That once more shows how good he is. Already a legend imo. Since I m into Badminton only LCW was that dominating throughout a year / years on the tour but minus WC titles...
    I don't see such a great rivalry like LD / LCW / maybe CL coming up too soon.

    ASG / JC are too inconsistent.
    VA injury prone and mental issue
    AA upcoming but also inconsistent
    SYQ unfortunately injured, has the most potential to danger KM consistently (bc he doesn't lose to others in earlier rounds that much)
    CTC has not really the game too trouble KM too often

    CL could become a big rival until and for the Olympics.

    I haven't done the research but KM is a little unlucky that the second of consecutive tournaments is payed in slow halls. The other way around he would stand even higher chances to make more history.
    Even if its only very few % of above argument that accounts for his performance it could be the 4-5 deciding points in matches like in Paris atm.

    Btw wouldn't it benefit him (and in general) to wear compression wear when he already played a few matches? Afak that's when compression has an effect on stamina / blood circulation etc. Even if it's a only 1% effect on one's performance.

    But hey let's see what he can do today ;)

    Ginting should have pressure too as eyerone could see that KM is fatigued and therefore it would be quite disappointing to lose to an weakened Momota...
     
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