If you have to reach the top, you have to make a lot of sacrifices in life. It takes years of hard work and dedication for an athlete to reach to the top and in a sport like a badminton where the situation always seems to be uncertain.
In this sport, there can be huge ups and downs in a player’s life in terms of form and fitness. While some go on to become the legend of the sport, there are some who show sign of being the best but fade away due to various reasons.
when you talk about legends, everyone talks about their titles, medals and their consistency. In the men’s singles category, there are legends who are known for their particular style of play which has given the results for years. While Lin Dan’s footwork is a secret, Lee Chong Wei’s speed is incomparable.
Once these players retire it will be impossible to replace those legends. Looking at the current situation and the form of the players it looks like Japan’s World No 1 Kento Momota could be the next legend in the making.
Things were a little different for the Japanese in 2016 when the news surfaced of him involved in illegal gambling. The news was a setback for the 24-year-old who had to miss the 2016 Olympics and face a ban of three years.
The exile from the sport seems to have worked wonders as Momota is currently in the form of his life lifting the World Championships, the Asian Championships, the Indonesia Open, and the Japan Open in the last few months.
The only thing remains to be seen here is — whether he will be able to maintain the consistency of reaching the finals or not. So far Momota has won 241 of the 310 singles matches he played and with age, on his side, Momota can make use of opportunities to establish his name in the world of badminton and also become a force to reckon with for the future.