Guangzhou, China, December 11, 2019: Kento Momota, winner of 10 titles this year including the TOTAL BWF World Championships, was honoured with the Male Player of the Year Award at the annual Players’ Gala before the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou, China, on December 9. The Japanese had an outstanding season during which he won most of the major titles, including the World Championships, the Badminton Asia Championships and the All England. Huang Yaqiong picked up the Female Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Huang and mixed doubles partner Zheng Siwei won the World Championships for the second time and all three Super 1000 titles – All England Open, Indonesia Open, China Open. China’s Qu Zimo won the Male Para Badminton Player of the Year Award, and Indonesia’s Leani Ratri Oktila claimed her second successive Female Para Badminton Player of the Year Award. Korean women’s doubles pair Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong, who are in their first full season together, were voted Most Improved Player of the Year after winning four titles including the Japan Open and Korea Open. Korea had more reason to cheer as 17-year-old women’s singles prodigy An Se Young was named Most Promising Player of the Year.