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Japan bags hat-trick at OUE Singapore Badminton Open Finals

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The Japanese badminton contingent will be going home all smiles, after they bagged three gold medals at the OUE Singapore Badminton Open Finals on Sunday (April 14) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Singapore badminton open 2019 JapanWorld No. 1 Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying defeated Nozomi Okuhara to put a slight dent on the Japanese contingent's mood. Photo: Sport Singapore

While Nozomi Okuhara slumped to a loss against world No. 1 Taiwanese Tai Tzu-ying for the women's single title, her compatriots managed to sweep the gold medals for the men's singles, as well as both the men's and women's doubles.

Tai held the lead through most of their first game, with Okuhara threatening to take the game with the scores tied at 17-all. An out of the blocks start by Okuhara in the second game was put to bed swiftly by Tai who held her off over four spells eventually winning in straight games of 21-19, 21-15.

The mixed doubles tie between Thai pair Dechapol Puavarunukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai, and Malaysians Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing, was a quick affair with the clock just over the half hour mark at match-point. The Thais opened up an eight point lead in their first game and went on a streak in the second game to crush their opponents 21-14, 21-6.

singapore badminton open 2019 japanWorld No. 1 Kento Momota withstood the pressure of a first-game loss to emerge victorious against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. Photo: Sport Singapore

The Japanese men's and women's pairs both had to fight off comebacks but emerged victorious as Wakana Nagahara and her partner Mayu Matsumoto just edging their Korean opponents in the second game to win 21-17, 22-20. A hard fought comeback in the second game of the men's doubles by the Indonesians threatened to derail the efforts of the Japanese who emerged victorious 21-13, 19-21, 21-17.

World No. 1 Kento Momota withstood the pressure of a first-game loss against Anthony Sinisuka Ginting (21-10) before coming back with a close win in the second game (19-21) to force a decider. Ginting was ahead for the first half of Game 3 before losing steam, when Momoto gained second wind to grab back the lead and the eventual men's single title (21-13).