JAPAN’s international No. 1 Kento Momota says he’ll fill the void left by means of his idol Lee Chong Wei inside the Malaysia Open this week.The 24-yr-antique believes Chong Wei’s absence ought to be deeply felt by the house fanatics who yearn to see their country wide hero in motion again after a long lay-off.
Chong Wei become to begin with slated to make his first competitive go back in eight months and protect his crown however had to abort his plans after failing to get the green light from his physician.
And Momota became the ultimate guy who performed towards Chong Wei inside the Indonesian Open semi-finals closing July before the latter turned into recognized with nostril cancer.
Last yr, he went down 17-21, 21-23 to Chong Wei in a 71-minute very last because the Malaysian went directly to bag a report 12th Malaysia Open crown.
“I omit Chong Wei as tons as the house enthusiasts. But I’m positive he could be again soon,” stated Momota.
“The least I can do is to try and make up for his absence by means of gambling appropriate badminton to entertain the lovers.”
Momota may be pumped up to feature the identify to his series.
The Japanese had a especially a success season last yr while he won seven titles inclusive of the World Champion-ships but the Malaysia Open stays elusive.
“I really want to make amends after dropping to Chong Wei final year,” brought Momota.
“This Open is sincerely one of the tournaments I would love to win in my career.”
Momota heads into the Axiata Arena on the again of consecutive victories – the German Open and the All-England.
And he may be trying to expand his 10-in shape unbeaten run while he’s taking on Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen inside the first round.
Momota is anticipated to make the final 8 and set up a mouth-watering conflict against Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in a rematch of the All-England final earlier ultimate month.