A major surprise arrived in men’s singles last sixteen yesterday when the world number one also reigning World and All England champion as well suffers premature exit, lost to Jonatan Christie, the young man who’s flying high in 2018 Asian Games at home soil.
Christie played aggressively as usual with good attacking smashes, the Indonesian read Momota’s gameplan very well this time, on the other side the Japanese ace produced many basic errors instead of his normal clean shots. A well-determined Christie staying focus at critical moment of first set, 20-19, Christe grabbed three consecutive points to seal crucial opening game.
The Indonesian maintains his momentum in second game with brimming confidence despite Momota catching up but it didn’t succeed at the end, 21-15. A string of heavyweight opponents await Christie en route to final, 2017 World Champion Viktor Axelsen who needs to dig deep to overcome the stubborn Lu Guangzu, 21-11,16-21,21-17 and followed by either Chen Long or Kidambi Srikanth in semis.
On bottom half draw, it’s CHN-JPN affairs between Shi Yuqi against Kenta Nishimoto and Lin Dan has revenge mission for Kanta Tsuneyama.