Badminton: Prannoy packs off two-time world champ Momota in his own backyard

Badminton: Prannoy packs off two-time world champ Momota in his own backyard

PETALING JAYA: Home favorite and world No. 2 Kento Momota suffered a shock early exit from the World Championships in Tokyo after going down to India’s HS Prannoy in the men’s singles second round on Wednesday (Aug 24).

The two-time world champion was far from his best and world No. 18 Prannoy took full advantage, snatching a 21-17, 21-16 win in 54 minutes.

“I was too scared of making mistakes and was not aggressive enough in my attacking. It’s not about my opponent’s performance today but my game that didn’t go well,” lamented Momota, who won the world titles in 2018 Nanjing and 2019 Basel respectively .

“It’s not like that I am not doing well in training. I just need to perform in tournaments like I do in training. Physically, I don’t have any problems,” added Momota.

Meanwhile, Prannoy will go on to face compatriot and Birmingham Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lakshya Sen in an all-Indian third round clash on Thursday.

The winner of this duel will take on either Lee Zii Jia or Zhao Junpeng of China in the last eight.

The 23-year-old Junpeng upsets 2021 world championships silver medal winner K. Srikanth 21-9, 21-17 to set up a meeting with Zii Jia in the third round.

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