AFP SINGAPORE (AFP-Jiji) — Japan’s Kento Momota withstood a barrage of smashes from Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting to rally to a thrilling 10-21, 21-19, 21-13 victory Sunday in the men’s singles final at the Singapore Open.
The world champion struggled to contain his powerful Indonesian opponent, who was finding both corners of the court in the first half of the match. But the top seed dug deep to fight back from an 11-16 deficit in the second game to force the decider.
Momota trailed again in the last game as Ginting sought a third straight upset win in as many days. But the left-hander used a combination of improvization and guile to craft a run of 13 points out of 14, sealing a stunning victory with a disguised drop shot on his first match point.
In the women’s singles final, Taiwanese world No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying claimed her second Singapore Open title with a 21-19, 21-15 victory over Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara.