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
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
Hiroyuki Endo /Kenichi Hayakawa (JPN) def. MOhd Zakry Abdul Latif/Mohd Faruzizuan Mohd Tazari (MAS) 21-6 21-7
Ayaka Takahashi /Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan (KOR) 21-15 21-18
*Yamaguchi's image is from 2013 YONEX OPEN JAPAN.