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Akane Yamaguchi (山口 茜, Yamaguchi Akane, born 6 June 1997 in Fukui Prefecture) is a Japanese badminton player who is a singles specialist.[1]

Akane Yamaguchi
Personal information
Country  Japan
Born (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 20)
Fukui Prefecture
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Handedness Right
Women's singles
Highest ranking 2 (30 March 2017)
Current ranking 3 (4 May 2017)
BWF profile

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CareerEdit

Yamaguchi is one of the Japanese teenage prodigies whom many people predict to be future elite women's singles competitors. She reached the finals of the BWF World Junior Championships three years in a row, winning silver at the 2012 BWF World Junior Championships in Chiba, Japan and winning the gold twice, once at the 2013 BWF World Junior Championships in Bangkok, Thailand and once at the 2014 BWF World Junior Championships in Alor Setar, Malaysia.[2]

At the age of 16 years and 3 months, Yamaguchi became the youngest player ever to win the BWF Super Series tournament by beating her compatriot Shizuka Uchida in the final of 2013 Japan Super Series. This was also the first time that a Japanese woman won the home event in the ladies' singles at the Japan Open. This was a historic first ever Japan Open victory for the home country.[3]

In 2016, Yamaguchi won her second Super Series title at the Korea Open, beating Sung Ji Hyun, the 5th seed.[4] She followed this with a win at the Denmark Open held at Odense, making her only the third non-Chinese women's singles player to win two consecutive super series. The only other non-Chinese players to do so were Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchnok Intanon and Tine Baun.

On her way to victory at Denmark, she also beat double world champion and olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin in a close three set match as well as her teammate Nozomi Okuhara, whom she had never beaten prior to the Olympic games.

AchievementsEdit

Badminton Asia ChampionshipsEdit

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   Tai Tzu-ying 21–18, 11–21, 18–21   Silver

East Asian GamesEdit

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2013 Binhai New Area Dagang Gymnasium, Tianjin, China   Wang Shixian 21–19, 19–21, 16–21   Bronze

Youth Olympic GamesEdit

Girls' Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Nanjing Sport Institute, Nanjing, China   He Bingjiao 24-22, 21-23, 17-21   Silver

BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim, Alor Setar, Malaysia   He Bingjiao 14-21, 21-18, 21-13   Gold
2013 Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand   Aya Ohori 21-11, 21-13   Gold
2012 Chiba Port Arena, Chiba, Japan   Nozomi Okuhara 12-21, 9-21   Silver

Asian Youth GamesEdit

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Nanjing Sport Institute, Nanjing, China   Minoru Koga   Dechapol Puavaranukroh
  Puttita Supajirakul
21-19, 19-21, 21-17   Gold

Asia Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Chinese Taipei   Chen Yufei 21-11, 16-21, 21-13   Gold
2012 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea   Nozomi Okuhara 19-21, 9-21   Bronze

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries, launched on December 14, 2006 and implemented in 2007,[5] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels, Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which were introduced in 2011,[6] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year's end.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Australian Open   Nozomi Okuhara 12-21, 23-21, 17-21   Runner-up
2016 Denmark Open   Tai Tzu-ying 19-21, 21-14, 21-12   Winner
2016 Korea Open   Sung Ji-hyun 20-22, 21-15, 21-18   Winner
2015 Japan Open   Nozomi Okuhara 18-21, 12-21   Runner-up
2014 China Open   Saina Nehwal 12-21, 20-22   Runner-up
2013 Japan Open   Shizuka Uchida 21-15, 21-19   Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels,s Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 German Open   Carolina Marín Walkover   Winner
2015 Bitburger Open   Busanan Ongbumrungpan 16-21, 21-14, 21-13   Winner
2013 New Zealand Open   Deng Xuan 17-21, 21-18, 20-22   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2013 Osaka International   Kaori Imabeppu 20-22, 16-21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Players: Akane Yamaguchi". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Worlds were not enough for national champion Yamaguchi". www.badzine.net. Badzine.net. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Akane Yamaguchi signals generational shift in women’s singles". www.sportskeeda.com. Sportskeeda. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Akane Yamaguchi Wins Second Superseries Title at Korea Open". yonex.com. Yonex. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006. 
  6. ^ "Yonex All England Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Badmintonstore.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 

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