Fans of Japanese star Kento Momota will get to watch their favourite player back in action after three months out at Korea Masters 2023.
The two-time world champion was last seen internationally at the Australian Open, where he lost to Jonatan Christie in the opening round. Injury issues then saw him pull of out Hong Kong Open and skip the tournaments that followed.
Momota however will not face Lee Zii Jia in Gwangju after the second seed withdrew. The Malaysian has been replaced by Chinese Taipei’s Wang Po-Wei.
This marks Momota’s return to the tournament after 13 years. His previous appearance in 2010 ended in the Round of 32.
The following players have also been promoted to the main draw.
- Riku Hatano (in place of sixth seed Brian Yang)
- Jia Heng Jason Teh (third seed Ng Tze Yong)
- Dmitriy Panarin (Cheam June Wei)
- Tereza ŠvÁbÍkovÁ (eighth seed Saena Kawakami)
- Lin Sih Yun (Kisona Selvaduray)
- Sabrina Solis (Ashmita Chaliha)
- Chen Cheng Kuan/Chen Sheng Fa (Choi Sol Gyu/Kim Jae Hyeon)
- Chiang Chien-Wei/Wu Hsuan-Yi (Christian Bernardo/Alvin Morada)
- Yuta Eto/Ayumi Kamiyama (seventh seeds Cheng Xing/Chen Fang Hui)
- Lu Chen/Cheng Yu-Pei (Kakeru Kumagai/An Sato)
Click here to view the updated draw.
Korea Masters 2023 starts tomorrow, with the first qualification match scheduled at 9am Kuala Lumpur time (UTC +8).
Fun fact: Momota has not played in Korea since winning Korea Open in 2019.