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Kento Momota (JPN) becomes world No. 1!

27 September 2018

Sept. 27, 2018 — Kento Momota added another career milestone in his recent comeback story on Thursday. The 24-year-old became the first Japanese player to reach world No.1 in the newest BWF World Rankings

Momota’s comeback story has been nothing short of miraculous. After reaching world No. 4 in 2016, Momota was forced to take time off to deal with off-court issues. Upon his return to the sport in July 2017, Momota was ranked outside of the top-200 and was unable to qualify for Super Series events. Forced to compete in the Challenger circuit, Momota was determined to work his way to competing amongst the world's best again. 

In just over a year, Momota has reached the pinnacle of badminton success. Last month, he became the first Japanese player to win gold at the BWF World Championships in men's singles. Momota also found himself atop the podium at both the Indonesian Open and Japan Open. 

With all of Momota's recent success, his focus has turned to winning gold at the 2020 Toyko Olympics. Yonex is happy to congratulate Momota on his new world No. 1 ranking and looks forward to his future success.