Kento Momota needed three hard-fought games to avenge his loss from last week to Lee Zii Jia in the Thomas Cup group tie between Japan and Malaysia today.

After battling for 1 hour and 20 minutes on the court and saving two match points in the deciding game, Momota managed to beat Zii Jia 15-21, 21-12, 23-21.

In the post-match interview, Momota said, “He (Lee Zii Jia) hits a lot of smashes and I tend to play a more rallying type of game, but I was more patient this time.”

When asked what things he needed to improve to get back his sublime form of the past, Momota said, “I feel that all my experiences have gone to zero now, so I have to start from scratch all over again. So now I’m rebuilding one block at a time to become a better player.”

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