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AFP
November 10, 2018
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Momota, Chen in badminton semis showdown

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AFP
November 10, 2018

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SHANGHAI: World champion Kento Momota of Japan will be intent on revenge when he plays China’s Olympic title-holder Chen Long in a mouthwatering semi-final at the Fuzhou China Open on Saturday.

Top seed and world number one Momota defeated South Korea’s Son Wan-ho 21-17, 21-14 in their quarter-final on Friday while Chen was similarly emphatic against unseeded Dane Anders Antonsen, winning 21-18, 21-16. The other last-four clash in the men’s draw in Fuzhou will be between second seed Shi Yuqi of China and Taiwan’s fourth seed Chou Tien-chen.

The 24-year-old Momota is favourite to win the tournament and will have the whiff of revenge in his nostrils when he faces Chen, 29, who won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.At the French Open last month, a resurgent Chen beat Momota on the way to winning the title and the Japanese star will be determined not to let that happen again.

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