Kento Momota (JPN) 2 (21-16, 21-18) 0 Rasmus Gemke (DEN)
Momota, BWF rank No.4, lots of Japanese fans were waiting to see his grateful skills, in the Men`s Singles at Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open.
In the first game, Gemke seemed a bit nervous and gave the points easily to Momota by 2-10. Momota remained calm and controlled the shuttle relatively well. Gemke was forced to hit from the difficult positions and couldn't pick up his pace. Momota completely dominated the first game and closed the first set 21-16, with the sufficient energy for playing the following game.
In the second game, game`s momentum has shifted. Momota attacked Gemke`s monodominant hand side of the court, however Gemke caught up the shuttle very well and earned points steadily until 10-10. Momota kept retuning accurate net shots to make chance to win the game. In a thrilling math, Momota finally closed the game with 21-18.
"I wanted to attack aggressively more, but I was careless in the second game. Tomorrow's opponent will be Lin Dan. He is my admire player. I must overcome my admire player for earning the first place of Daihatsu Yonex Japan Open 2018." Momota commented at the mix zone.
Carolina Marin (ESP) 2 (21-11, 21-23, 21-11) 1 Pornpawee Chochuwong (THA)
In the first game, Marin forced to move Chochuwong from the front to rear court with swift attack. Marin was constantly leading the points with full of energy performance as usual. Chochuwong tried to catch up to the shuttle, however, could not reach the shuttle only within a step. Marin took the game very swiftly and with ease at 21-11.
In the second game, Chochuwong made a significant progress, pressuring Marin with playing a see-saw game until 8-8. Both players seemed to anticipate what kind of shots would be delivered from the opponent. Marin could not dominate the game as the previous game and made some unforced errors. She could not rip out the pace from the opponent and lost the second game with 21-23.
In the final game, long rallies had gone on between them, yet, Marin won the rallies with making decisive shots to the side court. By the end, Chochuwong seemed completely overwhelmed with Marin owning back the game, ending the match with 21-11.
Mayu Matsumoto & Wakana Nagahara (JPN) 2 (21-17, 21-13) 0 Maiken Fuergaard & Sara Thygesen (DEN)
In the first game, from the very beginning, both pair constantly returned shuttle to each other with high speed. Fuergaard / Thygesen pair took advantage of their height and made powerful steep smashes, while Japanese pair received very well. Matsumoto / Nagahara played patiently and defensively without any unforced error and used various shots. Matsumoto / Nagahara returned and controlled the shuttle to the corners and closed the first set with 21-17.
In the second game, it started with almost the same flow as the previous game. Matsumoto / Nagahara didn't allow to be taken the lead by Denmark pair. Matsumoto / Nagahara put the shuttle on the corners of the front and the end of the court and took the game at 21-13.