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One-way traffic in women’s single

Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara has had three very busy and good weeks in Japan Open, China Open and Korea Open. She is runner-up from Japan, semifinalist from China and today she was in the final against Beiwen Zhang from USA. Okuhara had never lost to the American in any their four previous matches.

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The match started with one-way traffic from the Japanese side. Okuhara was up 7-1 before Beiwen Zhang got her first point. The American never came back in the game though and saw her opponent taking it 21-10.

14th match concludes three tough weeks

In second game it was a different match. Zhang was stronger and Okuhara was weaker than in first game and mid-way through the game Zhang gained control. She won 21-17 and forced the final into three games. The decisive game was an even affair up to 11-11 but two streaks of five points each decided the match.

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Okuhara won 21-16 and concluded three weeks of good results with the title in Korea. After 14 matches these past three weeks the Japanese revealed in her social medias that she is pretty tired. She can now take a short well-deserved rest before joining the Japanese training camp to prepare for next tournament; Denmark Open in mid October.

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