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Akane Yamaguchi (born 6 June 1997) is a Japanese badminton player who is a singles specialist[1] and a member of the Kumamoto Saishunkan Badminton team.[2] Yamaguchi occupied the number-one position in the BWF women's singles ranking on 19 April 2018, becoming the first Japanese player to achieve that distinction.[3]

Akane Yamaguchi
山口茜
Akane Yamaguchi.jpg
Akane Yamaguchi at Indonesia Open Super Series Premier 2015
Personal information
CountryJapan
Born (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 22)
Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Career record277 wins, 95 losses
Career title(s)15
Highest ranking1 (19 April 2018)
Current ranking1 (30 July 2019)
BWF profile

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CareerEdit

Yamaguchi reached the finals of the BWF World Junior Championships for three years in a row, winning silver at the 2012 BWF World Junior Championships in Chiba, Japan, and gold at the 2013 BWF World Junior Championships in Bangkok and at the 2014 BWF World Junior Championships in Alor Setar, Malaysia.[4]

At the age of 16 years and 3 months, Yamaguchi became the youngest-ever player to win the BWF Super Series tournament, beating Shizuka Uchida in the final of 2013 Japan Super Series. This was the first time a Japanese woman won the home event in the ladies' singles at the Japan Open and first victory for Japan in the Japan Open.[5]

After losing to Nozomi Okuhara at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics quarter-finals[6], Yamaguchi won her second Super Series title at the Korea Open, beating Sung Ji Hyun, the fifth seed.[7] Yamaguchi followed this with a win at the Denmark Open held at Odense, making her the fourth non-Chinese women's singles player to win two consecutive Super Series following Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchanok Intanon and Tine Baun.[citation needed]

On her way to victory in Denmark, Yamaguchi won against twice-world-champion and Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin in a close, three-set match and her teammate Nozomi Okuhara[6], whom she had never beaten prior to the Olympic Games.

On 19 April 2018, Yamaguchi became the first Japanese person to become the top-ranked singles player in the world.[8]

AchievementsEdit

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Indoor Arena, Nanjing, China   P. V. Sindhu 16–21, 22–24   Bronze

Asian GamesEdit

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2018 Istora Gelora Bung Karno, Jakarta, Indonesia   P. V. Sindhu 17–21, 21–15, 10–21   Bronze

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles
Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China   He Bingjiao 21–19, 21–9   Gold
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

Asian 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 World Tour (5 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[9] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[10]

Women's singles
Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Japan Open Super 750   Nozomi Okuhara 21–13, 21–15   Winner
2019 Indonesia Open Super 1000   P. V. Sindhu 21–15, 21–16   Winner
2019 Malaysia Open Super 750   Tai Tzu-ying 16–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2019 German Open Super 300   Ratchanok Intanon 16–21, 21–14, 25–23   Winner
2018 French Open Super 750   Tai Tzu-ying 22–20, 17–21, 21–13   Winner
2018 All England Open Super 1000   Tai Tzu-ying 20–22, 13–21   Runner-up
2018 German Open Super 300   Chen Yufei 21–19, 6–21, 21–12   Winner

BWF Superseries (5 titles, 5 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels are Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consists of twelve tournaments around the world that have been introduced since 2011. Successful players are invited to the Superseries Finals, which are held at the end of each year.

Women's singles
Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Dubai World Superseries Finals   P. V. Sindhu 15–21, 21–12, 21–19   Winner
2017 China Open   Gao Fangjie 21–13, 21–15   Winner
2017 French Open   Tai Tzu-ying 4–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2017 Denmark Open   Ratchanok Intanon 16–21, 21–14, 25–23[11]   Runner-up
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[12]   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 Prix (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix, a series of badminton tournaments that have been sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007, consists of two levels; Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold.

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/Series (0 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

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

Career overviewEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017. Archived from the original on 19 December 2017. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
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