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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)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Career record286 wins, 92 losses
Career title(s)17
Highest ranking2 (20 December 2018)
Current ranking3 (3 September 2019)
BWF profile

Career overviewEdit

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.

2011Edit

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

2012Edit

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.

2013Edit

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

2015Edit

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.

2016Edit

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 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.

2017Edit

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]

2018Edit

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.[5]

AchievementsEdit

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
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

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 Tour (3 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

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 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.

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 Prix (6 titles)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the 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/Series (2 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

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 Tour finalists, World Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  5. ^ https://sports.ndtv.com/badminton/pv-sindhu-scripts-history-becomes-1st-indian-to-win-bwf-world-tour-finals-1963332
  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 Head to Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 26 August 2019.

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