Japan, Indonesia to contest men’s team final

Japan scored an upset win over top seeds South Korea to set up a meeting with Indonesia in the men’s final of badminton’s Asian Team Championships.

The Japanese side wrapped up the best-of-five semi-final contest within three matches.

Kento Momota defeated Wan Ho Son 21-14, 21-16 to set the tone for the tie, and the doubles team of Hiroyuki Endo and Kenechi Hayakawa responded by battling back from a game down to beat Gi Jung Kim and Sa Rang Kim 19-21, 21-17, 21-16.

It was all over when Sho Sasaki also staged a fightback to edge Dong Keun Lee 20-22, 21-14, 21-16 and secure the 3-0 victory for Japan.

Indonesia, meanwhile, were 3-1 winners over India in the day’s other semi-final.

Srikanth Kidambi gave the Indians the perfect start by beating Tommy Sugiarto 21-14, 23-25, 21-9, but from then on it was all Indonesia.

Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan were 21-11, 21-10 winners over Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy, while Anthony Ginting made it 2-1 when he bested Ajay Jayaram 21-15, 22-20.

Indonesia then made sure of the victory when the doubles team of Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi beat Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar 21-13, 18-21, 21-15.