Two-time world champion Kento Momota suffered a shock first-round defeat within the Asia Championships on Wednesday as his poor run of kind hit a brand new low.
Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo, ranked 52nd on the planet, misplaced the primary recreation however stormed again to stun the Japanese prime seed 17-21, 21-17, 21-7 in simply over an hour in Manila.
Within the girls’s singles, prime seed and Momota’s fellow Japanese Akane Yamaguchi had no such bother with a 21-15, 21-9 demolition of India’s Aakarshi Kashyap in simply 26 minutes.
The 27-year-old Momota, the previous world primary now ranked second behind Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen, has by no means recovered his scintillating prime kind after being badly injured in a career-threatening automotive crash in January 2020.
Momota’s solely title for the reason that crash got here on the Indonesia Masters final November and shortly after he pulled out of December’s World Championships with a again damage.
Momota misplaced his opening match on the German Open final month and did not get previous the quarter-finals on the prestigious All England Championships.
The Japanese ace stated that his “spirit was nearly damaged” by the accident which killed his driver on the best way to Kuala Lumpur airport simply hours after profitable the Malaysia Masters.
Momota suffered double imaginative and prescient and wanted surgical procedure on an orbital bone close to his eye, leaving him fearing his profession may be over.
He returned to the circuit on the finish of 2020 and had been favorite for Olympic gold on dwelling soil in Tokyo final yr, however was eradicated early.