Teenage Sensation Shines at the 1st Round of Malaysia Open

In the 1st round of this year's Malaysia Open, the 2013 YONEX OPEN JAPAN winner and 2013 world junior champion, 16-year-old Akane Yamaguchi won a very difficult match against the 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon (ARC-FB,SHBF1NLX), 21-18 23-25 21-16.


Akane started off the tournament strong in her first match against world No. 3 Ratchanok, winning the game 21-18. Ratchanok improved her play to win the second game 25-23, however, Akane used various shots to disrupt her opponent’s game, but ultimately Ratchanok seized control in the final match for the victory with a final score was 21-18 23-25 21-16. Next, she will play against her fellow Japanese badminton player Minatsu Mitani.


Tournament Results: 1st Round


Men’s singles


[1]Lee Chong Wei (VTZFSHB01LTD)(MAS) def. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (DEN) 21-7 21-13


[4]Tommy Sugiarto (ARC11)(INA) def. Rajiv Ouseph (NR800)(ENG) 21-13 21-12


[5]Kenichi Tago (JPN) def. Vladimir Ivanov (VT80)(RUS) 21-15 21-19


Kento Momota (JPN) def. Viktor Axelsen (DEN) 12-21 24-22 21-18


Women’s Singles


[8]Saina Nehwal(NR700RP)(IND) def. Hera Desi (INA) 21-10 21-16


Akane Yamaguchi (JPN) def. [2]Ratchanok Intanon (ARC-FBSHBF1NLX)(THA) 21-18 23-25 21-16


Men’s Doubles


[1]Mohammad Ahsan (ARC-FB)/Hendra Setiawan (NR800SHBF1NLTD)(INA) def. Chris Adcock (VTZFSHB01LTD)/Andrew Ellis (VT80)(ENG) 21-18 21-9


[6]Hiroyuki Endo /Kenichi Hayakawa (JPN) def. MOhd Zakry Abdul Latif/Mohd Faruzizuan Mohd Tazari (MAS) 21-6 21-7


Women’s Doubles


[2]Kamilla Rytter Juhl (NR-ZSP)/Christinna Pedersen (NR800SHB-01LX)(DEN) def. Chae Yoo Jung/Kim Ji Won (KOR) 16-21 21-11 21-17


[3]Ayaka Takahashi /Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan (KOR) 21-15 21-18


Mixed Doubles


[3]Christinna Pedersen (NR800SHB-01LX)/Joachim Fischer Nielsen (DEN) def. Chan Yun Lung/Tse Ying Suet (HKG) 21-12 21-13


[5]Chris Adcock (VTZFSHB01LTD)/Gabrielle Adcock (VT80SHB-01LX)(ENG) def. Liu Cheng/Bao Yixin (CHN) 21-14 21-13


[6]Chan Peng Soon (ARC10)/Goh Liu Ying (NR-ZSPSHB01LTD)(MAS) def. Muhammad Rijal (ARC10)/Vita Marissa (INA) 23-21 17-21 21-10


*Yamaguchi's image is from 2013 YONEX OPEN JAPAN.

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