PETALING JAYA: World No. 1 Kento Momota may look serious on badminton court but there is a lighter side of him too.
In a recent interview published by the World Badminton Federation (BWF), the 23-year-old Momota had interesting answers when he was candidly asked about personalities in the badminton Tour.
He named women’s singles Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand as the one with the best smile.
On the best dressed, he picked Malaysia’s mixed doubles star Goh Liu YIng and did not hesitate when he called out the name of women’s singles world champion Carolina Marin of Spain as the most hardworking player.
According to him, the funniest in the Tour is men’s doubles shuttler Anders Rasmussen and chose another Dane Viktor Axelsen for more than one category. He dubbed Axelsen as a player with the best defence and the one always on social media.
As for the best attacking player, Momota pointed towards Anthony Ginting of Indonesia.
He had two names for the natural talent category – one was Indonesia’s doubles player Kevin Sanjaya and another, he said: “It’s me.”
Asked who loved to sing and dance, he called out the name of Lee Yong-dae from South Korea and when pressed for more info, he said: “Yong-dae is handsome, he has a face of a karaoke singer.”
He reserved a few for his teammates and picked Nozomi Okuhara as the best cook, Yuta Watanabe (most popular in the Tour), Takuro Hoki (loves to play prank) and Endo Hiroyuki (easily gets scared).
On the nerd in the Tour, the modest Momota said: “It’s me.”
He also named himself for natural talent and mostly likely to succeed no matter what. And based on his answer about himself, Momota certainly looks determined to win the Olympics gold for his nation in Tokyo in July.