Wednesday, 02 Aug 2023 12:31 WIB
Jonatan Christie won over Kento Momota at the 2023 Australian Open. (CNN Indonesia/ Adhi Wicaksono)
Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Jonathan Christie forced to play rubber when beating Kento Momota 21-23, 21-14, 21-12 in the round of 32 Australia Open 2023 at Quaycentre, Sydney, Wednesday (2/8).
In the first game the match was a draw. Several times accurate observation of the ball from Momota made Jonathan fall behind 10-7. But a number of slick rally games saw Jojo successfully equalize 10-10.
A service error by Jonathan put Momota ahead 11-10 at the interval. Then, for the first time, Jojo took the lead in this match at 12-11 after Momota failed to anticipate Jonathan’s fast game.
After that, Jonathan found the best playing rhythm, while Momota’s game declined. Jonathan even won five consecutive points to lead 19-13 thanks to a fast combination game.
Momota didn’t give up easily. The former world number one player successfully put pressure on Jonathan. After trailing 16-20, Momota managed to equalize 20-20 and forced deuce. Jonathan finally lost the first game 21-23.
In the second game, Jonathan again won 5-1 at the start. But again, the 25-year-old player threw away the advantage until Momota won 8-7.
A fierce duel then ensued until 12-11, but Jonathan played more calmly. Different from the first game, Jonathan was able to maintain the advantage to win 21-14 in the second game.
In the deciding game, Jonathan showed his best game, winning 11-3 at the interval. Momota had won three points in a row 6-11, but slowly Jonathan kept getting closer to his position match point.
Smes-sems crossing several times can be a powerful weapon for Jonathan’s points to gain points. The seventh seed at the 2023 Australian Open finally won 21-12 in the third game and defeated Momota in a match that lasted 1 hour and 12 minutes.
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