Momota Kento was at a loss for words.
Only four days after losing the final of the Malaysia Open against Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen, the Japanese badminton superstar was far from his best as he lost to his compatriot Tsuneyama Kanta 21-15,21-16 in round two at the 2022 Malaysia Masters.
The unseeded Tsuneyama needed 49 minutes on Thursday (7 August) to see off the two-time world champion who needs to bounce if he wants to be a force at the world championships in Tokyo. Momota is looking to regain the consistency that saw him win 11 tournaments in 2019 losing just six of the 73 matches he played in total that year.
Meanwhile, PV Sindhu and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting had a trouble-free day at the office to reach the quarter-finals.
The Indian world No 7 needed just 26 minutes to beat China’s Zhang Yi Man 21-12, 21-10 but will have to work much harder in the round of the last eight against Tai Tzu Ying (Chinese Taipei). The world No 2 has a comfortable record of 16-5 against the two-time Olympic medallist and has not lost against Sindhu since 2019.
Top seed Yamaguchi Akane of Japan ousted 2022 Asian champion Wang Zhiyi (China) 12-21, 21-13, 21-12.
In men's singles, Indonesia's sixth-seeded Ginting defeated Parupalli Kashyap (India) 21-10, 21-15 to set up an encounter with his compatriot Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo who saw off Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen 18-21, 21-11, 21-9.
Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen and local favourite Lee Zii Jia withdrew from the tournament at the Axiata Arena, which will conclude on Sunday (10 July).
Malaysian Masters 2022: How to watch
The Malaysia Masters 2022 will be aired worldwide, with broadcast partners in all regions.
Those in Malaysia can watch live on Astro's subscription channels.
Be sure to keep an eye on Olympics.com's for full match reports from the Kuala Lumpur.