Akane Yamaguchi (山口 茜 Yamaguchi Akane, born 6 June 1997 in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture) is a Japanese badminton player who is a singles specialist. She is also part of Kumamoto Saishunkan Badminton team.
Akane Yamaguchi at Indonesia Open Super Series Premier 2015
6 June 1997 |
Katsuyama, Fukui, Japan
|Height||1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
|Highest ranking||1 (19 April 2018)|
|Current ranking||2 (3 May 2018)|
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.
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.
In 2016, Yamaguchi won her second Super Series title at the Korea Open, beating Sung Ji Hyun, the 5th seed. 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, Ratchanok 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.
On 19 April 2018, she made another history to become the first Japanese player to achieve world rank number 1 in singles discipline.
|2017||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China||Tai Tzu-ying||21–18, 11–21, 18–21||Silver|
East Asian GamesEdit
|2013||Binhai New Area Dagang Gymnasium, Tianjin, China||Wang Shixian||21–19, 19–21, 16–21||Bronze|
Youth Olympic GamesEdit
|2014||Nanjing Sport Institute, Nanjing, China||He Bingjiao||24–22, 21–23, 17–21||Silver|
BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|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
|2013||Nanjing Sport Institute, Nanjing, China||Minoru Koga|| Dechapol Puavaranukroh
|21–19, 19–21, 21–17||Gold|
Asia Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|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 TourEdit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|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|
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, 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 introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.
|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||21–14, 15–21, 19–21||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||Runner-up|
|2013||Japan Open||Shizuka Uchida||21–15, 21–19||Winner|
BWF Grand PrixEdit
|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 International Challenge/SeriesEdit
|2013||Osaka International||Kaori Imabeppu||20–22, 16–21||Runner-up|
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- "Worlds were not enough for national champion Yamaguchi". www.badzine.net. Badzine.net. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "Akane Yamaguchi signals generational shift in women's singles". www.sportskeeda.com. Sportskeeda. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "Akane Yamaguchi Wins Second Superseries Title at Korea Open". yonex.com. Yonex. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "Akane Yamaguchi Becomes First Japanese Player to Achieve World Singles No. 1!". yonex.com. Yonex. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
- "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
- "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
- Akane Yamaguchi at BWF.tournamentsoftware.com
- Akane Yamaguchi at Sports Reference
- Kumamoto Saishunkan Badminton Team - Akane Yamaguchi Profile