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Nozomi Okuhara (奥原 希望, Okuhara Nozomi, born 13 March 1995)[1] is a Japanese badminton player who is a singles specialist, well known for her speed, agility and endurance. She won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics.[2] She became the 2017 world champion in Glasgow, Scotland after defeating India's P. V. Sindhu in the finals.

Nozomi Okuhara
Nozomi Okuhara.jpg
Okuhara at Australia Open Super Series 2017
Personal information
Birth name奥原 希望
Country Japan
Born (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 24)
Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight51 kg (112 lb)
Women's singles
Career record276 wins, 89 losses
Highest ranking2 (20 December 2018)
Current ranking3 (4 June 2019)
BWF profile


Badminton CareerEdit

Nozomi started playing badminton since 2002. Eight years later, precisely in 2010 she joined the Japanese national team. Osaka International Challenge 2010 became her international debut.


In 2011, the 16-year-old Nozomi Okuhara became the youngest women's singles champion ever at the All Japan Badminton Championships, which are the Japanese National Badminton Championships.


She won a BWF World junior title in the girls' singles event at the 2012 BWF World Junior Championships after reaching the semi-finals, having won bronze one year earlier at the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships.

She was a runner-up at the 2012 Asian Junior Badminton Championships. Also in 2012, she won her first Grand Prix title at the 2012 Canada Open Grand Prix.


In 2013, she suffered a severe knee injury and was absent from an international tournament for 1 year.


in 2015 Nozomi Okuhara won first Superseries Title at 2015 Japan Super Series in the final defeating her great colleague Akane Yamaguchi with a score of 21–18, 21–12.

then she also won the Dubai Super Series final where in the preliminary round and semifinals she succeeded in defeating world number 1 player Carolina Marin and in the final she beat Wang Yihan with a score of 22–20, 21–18.


In 2016, she won the prestigious All England Open After defeating Wang Shixian in the Final with score 21–11, 16–21, 21–19. and thereby became the first Japanese women's singles player to lift this title in the past 39 years.[3] She also won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She lost to P.V. Sindhu in the semi-finals, but won the bronze medal against Li Xuerui of China in a walkover.


At the 2017 BWF World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Okuhara reached the finals after back-to-back wins against both finalists from the 2015 BWF World Championships, Carolina Marín of Spain and Saina Nehwal of India. In a hard-fought final, featuring the longest match of the entire tournament, Okuhara then defeated P. V. Sindhu, winning by 21–19, 20–22, 22–20 in almost 2 hours.[4]


Okuhara started the year after coming back from knee injury. She reached the quarterfinals of All England Open 2018 but was defeated by her long-time rival PV Sindhu of India in three games.

Okuhara then helped Japan to win Uber Cup in May after Japan beat Thailand by 3–0 in the final. Okuhara didn't lose any of her match in Uber cup.

Okuhara won Thailand Open 2018 in July after defeating PV Sindhu of India in two straight games.

Okuhara went to world championship in Nanjing as defending champion but could not defend her title of 2017 after she lost to the player she beat in 2017 final PV Sindhu in 2 straight games in quarterfinals. PV Sindhu reversed the results of 2017 WBC final in 2018 wbc quarterfinals. Sindhu later again won silver medal after losing to Carolina Marin of Spain who then won her 3rd world title.

In the 2018 BWF World Tour, she reached five finals and won 3 among them: Thailand open super 500,  Korea open super 500, and Hong Kong open super 500. She completed the year with 2nd rank in race to Guangzhou rankings and qualified for 2018 BWF World Tour Finals.

At the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals in Tianhe, Guangzhou, China, Okuhara reached the finals but lost in straight sets, 19–21, 17–21, to Pusarla V Sindhu of India.[5]


Olympic GamesEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Li Xuerui Walkover   Bronze

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland   P. V. Sindhu 21–19, 20–22, 22–20   Gold

World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Chiba Port Arena, Chiba, Japan   Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 21–9   Gold
2011 Taoyuan Arena, Taoyuan& Taipei, Chinese Taipei   Ratchanok Inthanon 16–21, 16–21   Bronze

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea   P. V. Sindhu 21–18, 17–21, 20–22   Silver

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[6] 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.[7]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Australian Open Super 300   Chen Yufei 15–21, 3–21   Runner-up
2019 Singapore Open Super 500   Tai Tzu-ying 19–21, 15–21   Runner-up
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals   P. V. Sindhu 19–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2018 Hong Kong Open Super 500   Ratchanok Intanon 21–19, 24–22   Winner
2018 Fuzhou China Open Super 750   Chen Yufei 10–21, 16–21   Runner-up
2018 Korea Open Super 500   Zhang Beiwen 21–10, 17–21, 21–16   Winner
2018 Japan Open Super 750   Carolina Marín 19–21, 21–17, 11–21   Runner-up
2018 Thailand Open Super 500   P. V. Sindhu 21–15, 21–18   Winner

BWF SuperseriesEdit

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.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Korea Open   P. V. Sindhu 22–20, 11–21, 21–18   Runner-up
2017 Australian Open   Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 21–23, 21–17   Winner
2016 All England Open   Wang Shixian 21–11, 16–21, 21–19   Winner
2015 World Superseries Finals   Wang Yihan 22–20, 21–18   Winner
2015 Hong Kong Open   Carolina Marín 17–21, 21–18, 20–22   Runner-up
2015 Japan Open   Akane Yamaguchi 21–18, 21–12   Winner
2014 Hong Kong Open   Tai Tzu-ying 19–21, 11–21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as 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
2015 U.S. Open   Sayaka Sato 21–16, 21–14   Winner
2015 Malaysia Masters   Sayaka Takahashi 21–13, 21–17   Winner
2014 Korea Masters   Sayaka Sato 21–17, 21–13   Winner
2014 Vietnam Open   Aya Ohori 21–15, 21–11   Winner
2014 New Zealand Open   Kana Ito 21–15, 21–3   Winner
2012 Canada Open   Sayaka Takahashi 21–8, 21–16   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 China International   Chen Yufei 21–19, 21–16   Winner
2011 Austrian International   Mayu Sekiya 21–6, 21–16   Winner
2010 Lao International   Nitchaon Jindapol 16–21, 17–21   Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament

Career overviewEdit

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Women's Singles results against World Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[8]

Last revised: 29 January 2019


  1. ^ "Nozomi OKUHARA: Full Profile". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Olympics: Nozomi Okuhara takes badminton bronze as injured Li Xuerui pulls out - report". The Straits Times. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Nozomi Okuhara Beats Wang Shixian to Win Her First All England Badminton Title". NDTV. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Okuhara wins drama-filled finale to claim world championship". The Japan Times. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
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  6. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Nozomi Okuhara".

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