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Half of the seeded pairs in the women’s double draw of China Open are from Japan. And two matches in first round are between players from the same nationality.
Japan currently has five pairs in top 10 of the women’s double world ranking. Four of these are present in China and they are accompanied by Japan’s sixth best pair, which is ranked 15 in the world.
The two pairs seeded to reach the final are – of course – from Japan. Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota who top the world ranking consolidated their position as number 1 as they won the Japan Open title on home ground yesterday. They are facing Indonesia’s third best pair in first round, Anggia Shitta Awanda and Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani who rank 16 in the world.
Their compatriots, reigning Olympic Champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, are seeded second and have the pleasure of one of the only six European pairs in the draw. Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova from Russia are the ones who have to stop the strong Japanese duo in first round. It’s going to be first time the two pairs play each other. Matsutomo and Takahashi were the only ones of the four top pairs at Japan Open who failed to deliver as they lost in second round.
American duo in tough draw
Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan from China lost the final of Japan Open to Fukushima and Hirota yesterday. They are seeded 3 and surely want to be on the top of the podium on home ground at the end of this week. Their first step towards this should be an easy one. The two Chinese are up against Americans Emily Kan and Isabel Zhong in first round and it will be sensational if the Americans win.
Indonesia’s best women’s double is seeded 4 this week and they also have the pleasure of battling two Europeans in first round. Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu lost the semifinal in Japan Open and have been drawn against Johanna Goliszewski and Lara Käpplein from Germany. Also here we are talking about a first ever encounter between the two pairs.
Draw for the seeded entries at China Open:
Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, Japan (1) vs. Anggia Shitta Awanda/Ni Ketut Mahadewi Istarani, Indonesia
Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi, Japan (2) vs. Ekaterina Bolotova/Alina Davletova, Russia
Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan, China (3) vs. Emily Kan/Isabel Zhong, USA
Greysia Polii/Apriyani Rahayu, Indonesia (4) vs. Johanna Goliszewski/Lara Käpplein, Germany
Shiho Tanaka/Koharu Yonemoto, Japan (5) vs. Ariel Lee/Sydney Lee, USA
Jongkolphan Kititharakul/Rawinda Prajongjai, Thailand (6) vs. Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen, Denmark
Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan, Korea (7) vs. Baek Ha Na/Kim Hye Rin, Korea (withdrawn)
Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara, Japan (8) vs. Hsu Ya Ching/Wu Ti Jung, Chinese Taipei
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