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Lin falls to Momota in China Open first round

China’s Lin Dan suffered an early exit at the 2019 China Open as he was beaten in the first round by top-seeded Kento Momota of Japan in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, yesterday.

Lin, who turns 36 in October, lost to the 25-year-old Momota 14-21, 14-21 in just 49 minutes. “The result could have been different if I had done better in details,” Lin said in frustration. “I was not as patient as him. I had prepared a lot but I didn’t perform that well.” Despite the disappointing loss, the two-time Olympic champion is still eyeing one of the maximum two tickets for China in the men’s singles for Tokyo 2020. “The rule is simple: the one who gets more points, gets the ticket. I can only choose to overcome all the difficulties,” Lin added. Earlier, Olympic champion and fifth seed Chen Long defeated Lee Zii Jia 21-16, 12-21, 23-21 to avenge his loss to the Malaysian at the Indonesian Open in July — their first meeting on the international stage. Chen next faces Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei.


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