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Tommy finds Momota biggest hurdle to reach BWF Finals' semifinals

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 13, 2018   /   08:47 pm
Tommy finds Momota biggest hurdle to reach BWF Finals' semifinals Kento Momota of Japan hits a return against Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand during their men's singles second round match at the BWF World Tour Finals of badminton season-ending tournament in Guangzhou, China on Thursday. Momota, who won the match, will play against Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto on Friday. (AFP/AFP)

Indonesian men’s singles hopeful Tommy Sugiarto has a fair chance of reaching the semifinals of the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals after having collected one win and one loss as of Thursday.

In the second day group match, Tommy lost 21-16, 21-7 to Indian Sameer Verma at the Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China. The defeat came as a setback as in Wednesday’s opener Tommy managed to secure a win by beating Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in a three-game match.

“I wasn’t 100 percent today [Thursday] because I felt tired from yesterday’s match. I played early today so I guess I did not have enough time to rest,” said Tommy as quoted by badmintonindonesia.org.

On Friday, Tommy will face world No. 1 and currently on-form Kento Momota of Japan. Momota successfully nailed two matches in the group stage, beating Verma in the opener and Kantaphon on Thursday – both in straight games.

Responding to the upcoming battle, world No. 10 Tommy said he planned to play his best against his Japanese opponent. “I will just do my best in fighting Momota.”

Beating Momota in Friday’s match will give Tommy a good boost in points to reach the semifinals. However, if he loses it, his chances of advancing become slimmer, depending on the result of a match between Verma and Kantaphon. In a scenario where Verma defeats Kantaphon, Tommy would lose the semifinal spot to the Indian.

Watch live streaming video coverage from BWF Finals tournament on indonesia.sportsfix.tv. (nkn)