Nozomi Okuhara (奥原 希望 Okuhara Nozomi, born 13 March 1995) 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. She became the 2017 world champion in Glasgow, Scotland after defeating India's P. V. Sindhu in the finals.
Okuhara at Australia Open Super Series 2017
|Birth name||奥原 希望|
|Born||13 March 1995|
Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
|Height||1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||51 kg (112 lb)|
|Career record||286 wins, 92 losses|
|Highest ranking||2 (20 December 2018)|
|Current ranking||3 (3 September 2019)|
- 1 Career overview
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Career overview
- 4 Record against selected opponents
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Okuhara started playing badminton since 2002. Eight years later, precisely in 2010 she joined the Japanese national team. The 2010 Osaka International Challenge became her international debut.
In 2011, the 16-year-old Okuhara became the youngest women's singles champion ever at the Japanese National Badminton Championships.
Okuhara was a runner-up at the Asian Junior Championships, and helps the team won the mixed team title. She later clinched the gold medal at the World Junior Championships, having won bronze one year earlier at the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships. In July, she won her first Grand Prix title at the Canada Open.
In 2013, she suffered a severe knee injury and was absent from an international tournament for 1 year.
In 2015, Okuhara won first Superseries title at Japan Open in the final defeating her great colleague Akane Yamaguchi with a score of 21–18, 21–12. At the end of the 2015 BWF season, she won the Dubai Superseries 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. She won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She lost to P.V. Sindhu in the semi-finals, but won the bronze medal match 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.
Okuhara started the year after coming back from knee injury. She reached the quarterfinals of All England Open but was defeated by her long-time rival P.V. Sindhu of India in three games.
In May, Okuhara helped Japan to win the Uber Cup after Japan beat Thailand by 3–0 in the final. Okuhara didn't lose any of her match in Uber cup.
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 P.V. Sindhu in 2 straight games in quarterfinals.
At that year, she reached five finals and won 3 among them: Thailand, ￼ Korea, and Hong Kong Opens. She completed the year with 2nd rank in race to Guangzhou rankings and qualified for 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 P. V. Sindhu of India.
|2016||Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Li Xuerui||Walkover||Bronze|
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|2019||St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland||P. V. Sindhu||7–21, 7–21||Silver|
|2017||Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||P. V. Sindhu||21–19, 20–22, 22–20||Gold|
BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|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
|2012||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea||P. V. Sindhu||21–18, 17–21, 20–22||Silver|
BWF World Tour (3 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit
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.
|2019||Japan Open||Super 750||Akane Yamaguchi||13–21, 15–21||Runner-up|
|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 Superseries (4 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit
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||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 Grand Prix (6 titles)Edit
|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 International Challenge/Series (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|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
Record against selected opponentsEdit
Women's singles results against World Tour finalists, World Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.
- Michelle Li 6–2
- Chen Yufei 4–3
- He Bingjiao 7–1
- Li Xuerui 3–2
- Sun Yu 4–4
- Wang Shixian 2–2
- Wang Yihan 3–3
- Mia Blichfeldt 3–0
- Line Kjaersfeldt 5–0
- Saina Nehwal 5–9
- P.V. Sindhu 7–10
- Lindaweni Fanetri 4–2
- Bellaetrix Manuputty 2–1
- Minatsu Mitani 4–0
- Sayaka Sato 5–0
- Sayaka Takahashi 7–1
- Akane Yamaguchi 11–8
- Bae Yeon-ju 3–1
- Sung Ji-hyun 5–4
- Wang Rong 0–1
- Evgeniya Kosetskaya 4–0
- Kirsty Gilmour 1–0
- Beatriz Corrales 1–0
- Carolina Marin 6–5
- Tai Tzu-ying 4–5
- Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 1–4
- Ratchanok Intanon 8–5
- Busanan Ongbamrungphan 4–2
- Beiwen Zhang 5–0
- Vũ Thị Trang 3–0
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- "Olympics: Nozomi Okuhara takes badminton bronze as injured Li Xuerui pulls out - report". The Straits Times. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
- "Nozomi Okuhara Beats Wang Shixian to Win Her First All England Badminton Title". NDTV. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- "Okuhara wins drama-filled finale to claim world championship". The Japan Times. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
- "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
- "Nozomi Okuhara Head to Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 26 August 2019.