No semi-final for Sindhu in the women’s singles
In a repeat of Indonesia Open final last week, PV Sindhu went down to Akane Yamaguchi in Japan Open badminton tournament quarterfinals earlier today. The Indian shuttler lost the Indonesia Open final to the Japanese and failed to get past the Japanese opponent again in a span of five days. She crashed out of the competition 18-21, 15-21.
In a thrilling first game, both the players gave each other a hard fight for every point. The set was levelled at 3-3 before Sindhu displayed an attacking game to take a 11-7 lead into the first interval. The Indian, however, failed to maintain the lead after the lemon break as the 4th seeded Japanese found her way back to make the score 16-14 in her favour. Sindhu made Yamaguchi move all around the court but the young Japanese emerged better in the battle of endurance to gain 3 game points. Sindhu managed to save first 2 game points with back-to-back smashes but Yamaguchi, with her impressive defensive skills, took the opening game 21-18 in 25 minutes.

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In the second game, Sindhu made number of unforced errors since the start of the game to give Yamaguchi an early 2-4 lead. However, Sindhu kept showing glimpses of her trademark smash shots to level the game 6-6. But Yamaguchi, who looked at her very best, went into the mid-break with a four-point lead. Yamaguchi continued with her momentum after the interval and earned 5 match points. The Indian saved one but another unforced error marked the end of Sindhu in the tournament as Yamaguchi finished the game by taking the second set 21-15.

Top-ranked women’s single beaten
Taiwanese badminton star Tai Tzu-ying failed to reach the semifinals of the women’s singles at the Yonex Japan Open on Friday, after she lost to Michelle Li of Canada. Tai, the top-ranked female badminton player in the world, was defeated by Li 15-21, 21-15 and 20-22 in a match that lasted 60 minutes. In the first game, Tai fell behind early but managed to bounce back to tie the game 12-12 at point, before sliding to 15-21 at the end. In the second game, Tai took a 17-15 lead and kept up the pressure on Li, the world’s No. 14, to win 21-15. Tai continued to play well in the third game, scoring 4 consecutive points, but Li fought back and eventually defeated her Taiwanese opponent 22-20. It was payback time for Tai, who quashed Li at the All England Open in March, winning in two straight sets 21-12, 21-15 in only 28 minutes.

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Making history in the men’s singles
Earlier, in men’s singles, Sai Praneeth entered the semi-finals of the tournament after beating Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto 21-12, 21-15 in the quarter-final. Sai Praneeth was on the top of his game as he easily wrapped up the game in two games inside 36 minutes. The World No 23, a former Singapore Open champion, was in complete control of the proceedings against his higher-ranked opponent. Notably, Sai Praneeth has become the first-ever Indian men’s singles shuttler to reach the last-four stages at the prestigious Super 750 tournament in Tokyo. This is only the 2nd semi-final appearance for Sai Praneeth on the tour in 2019. The Indian shuttler had reached the final of Swiss Open Super 300 tournament but his form had dipped after his run to the quarter-finals at India Open.

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Match against a compatriot
Jan Ø. Jørgensen had a bad start, but ended up getting the bucket under Rasmus Gemke in the quarterfinals in Japan. It became the routine that triumphed when Jan Ø. Jørgensen and Rasmus Gemke invited each other to dance in the quarterfinals at the Japan Open. In three sets, 31-year-old Jan Ø. Jørgensen won 11-21, 21-14 and 21-13 after a short hour of badminton against his 22-year-old compatriot.

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Gemke was otherwise flying from the start of the match, catching the first seven points before the compatriot appeared on the board. The tension did not return in the set, where Jan Ø. Jørgensen never got closer than 9-15. The former World Cup bronze winner is often a slightly slow starter. This was also seen in the second round against Chou Tien Chen, where Jan Ø. Jørgensen came far behind from the start in the first set, but came back and actually won the set. The second set in the Danish duel became more even until 12-12, but then Jan Ø. Jørgensen took off. He took nine of the next 11 points and brought the game out in three sets. And he had no intention of being let out by his younger compatriot. From 7-6 he started to pull away from Gemke, who could quietly see the semi-finals place dissapear. Jan Ø. Jørgensen was clearly the strongest in the final phase, and by 19-10 the match was really settled.

Fighter-mentality in the men’s double
In men’s doubles, the Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also crashed out of the tournament after straight games defeat to Japanese pair of Keigo Sonoda and Takeshi Kamura. Satwik and Chirag gave a tough fight to the number two seeds but the the local pair finished stronger with 21-19, 21-18 win over the Indian pair in 41 minutes.

All Japanese match in the women’s doubles
Mayu Matsumoto / Wakana Nagahara qualified for the 2019 Japan Open semifinals, after winning against fellow Japanese women’s doubles, Nami Matsuyama / Chiharu Shida, 2 straight sets, 23-21, 21-18.
Playing in the additional court (court-3), Mayu Matsumoto / Wakana Nagahara had difficulty facing his compatriot. The pair that occupies the first seed of the women’s doubles even lags behind, up to points 3-5. Nevertheless, the experience of Matsumoto / Nagahara managed to reach point by point and attenuate the equalization, even turning ahead 8-6. Had been equated to be the same 8, the pair that is now ranked 2 in the world that closed the opening game interval with a 11-8 advantage. Matsumoto / Nagahara’s game remained consistent after the interval and managed to keep the distance to lead 17-13. However, Matsuyama / Shida, was able to provide fierce resistance and catch up, even turning things around to 17-18. Nevertheless Matsumoto / Nagahara managed to grab the game points first in the position of 20-19. Had happened 3 times the setting, Mayu Matsumoto / Wakana Nagahara, finally secured the opening game with a 23-21 advantage over Nami Matsuyama / Chiharu Shida. Losing the opening game, making Matsuyama / Shida appear aggressive from the start of the game. The world number 12 pair managed to lead 3-8 at the start of the game and closed the second half of the game with a 6-11 advantage. However, Matsuyama / Shida failed to maintain their game performance and their points were successfully pursued by Matsumoto / Nagahara after the interval of the second game. Got 5 points ahead, getting both points to be as strong, 13 points. After that, Matsumoto / Nagahara won his first advantage over Matsuyama / Shida, to replace the lead points. Matsumoto / Nagahara finally won the match point in the position of 20-18 and closed the game with a 21-18 advantage. 

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Mixed doubles won in straight sets
Mixed 7th seed, Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti, confirmed the move to the 2019 Japan Open semifinals. Praveen / Melati toppled 4th seed Thailand, Dechapol Puavaranukroh / Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the last 8. Performing a 31-minute duel at the Musashino Forest Sport Plaza court-3 , Tokyo, Japan on Friday (7/26/2019) morning, Praveen / Melati, who is ranked 6th in the world, successfully won two straight sets with an identical score of 21-15 , 21-15. Praveen / Melati managed to open a 4-1 lead at the start of the first game. The pressing game of the Indonesian pair unexpectedly was able to make the Thai double a hassle. Even a six-point streak from the Red and White duo produced an 11-3 lead at the interval. Not waiting long, after the break the Thai pair immediately responded by posting eight consecutive numbers, to change the score to be as strong as 13-13. But once again, Praveen / Melati’s slick performance when entering crucial points made them go back 19-13. The score of 21-15 closes the opening game for the Indonesian pair. Once again the Indonesian pair opened the game well, they were winning 4-1. Although several times the opponent had equalized, Praveen / Melati was able to reach the interval with an 11-8 advantage. The charming appearance of the Indonesian representatives continued in the final half of the second game. Had widened the distance to 18-12, Praveen / Melati was able to close the fight with a score of 21-15. A positive result that was won by Praveen / Melati in this match and at the same time changed their head to head record against Dechapol / Sapsiree to be as strong as 2-2.

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