Momota, 26, was again on court docket after he was injured in a automobile crash and defeated Parupalli Kashyap 21-13, 22-20 in a first-round tie in Birmingham.
This was Momota’s first match since January 12 final 12 months and the 2019 All England champion advised the Badminton World Federation (BWF) web site: “I used to be very nervous. I have been away for such a very long time… I wasn’t assured about successful this match, however lastly I might win it and I am very joyful about that.”
That is world champion’s Momota first worldwide event since fracturing his eye socket in a crash that killed his driver following victory within the Malaysia Masters in January 2020.
He’s dealing with a battle to regain kind and health forward of this 12 months’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics after being off the tour for greater than a 12 months.
Momota missed out on a comeback in Thailand after testing optimistic for Covid-19, which led to the Japan squad pulling out of the Bangkok occasions.
Earlier, the beginning of the event was pushed again to 1400 GMT from 0900 GMT, with the BWF saying the delay was as a result of a “vital” variety of Covid-19 exams yielding “inconclusive” outcomes, and samples being rerun in consequence.
The end result of the retest was deemed correct by Public Well being England, with all people who had returned an inconclusive or optimistic take a look at beforehand now adverse for Covid-19 and cleared to renew their participation within the event.
England’s Gabby Adcock had already withdrawn from taking part in within the combined doubles with husband Chris due to long-term Covid.
The 30-year-old, who first turned unwell at Christmas, advised the BBC: “I do not wish to step on court docket once I’m not conditioned to win.”
The All England was the ultimate occasion on the BWF calendar to be performed final 12 months earlier than the game shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Worldwide competitors resumed in Denmark in October, however was suspended once more till January when three tournaments, together with the World Tour Finals, had been staged in a biosecure “bubble” in Thailand.
With the occasion not counting in direction of Olympic qualification, gamers from China, South Korea and Taiwan had already opted to not journey due to virus restrictions.
In the meantime, ladies’s Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain has withdrawn due to an harm.