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||276 wins, 89 losses|
|Highest ranking||2 (20 December 2018)|
|Current ranking||3 (4 June 2019)|
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.
In 2013, she suffered a severe knee injury and was absent from an international tournament for 1 year.
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. 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.
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.
|2016||Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Li Xuerui||Walkover||Bronze|
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|2017||Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||P. V. Sindhu||21–19, 20–22, 22–20||Gold|
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 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.
|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|
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 PrixEdit
|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/SeriesEdit
|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 Superseries finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists, as well as all Olympic opponents.
Last revised: 29 January 2019
- Bellaetrix Manuputty 2–1
- Ratchanok Intanon 6–5
- Sung Ji Hyun 4–4
- Carolina Marin 6–5
- P.V.Sindhu 6–7
- Akane Yamaguchi 11–6
- Sun Yu 4–5
- Lindaweni Fanetri 4–2
- Li Xuerui 2–2
- Tai Tzu Ying 4–4
- Saina Nehwal 4–10
- Wang Yihan 3–3
- Wang Shixian 2–2
- Zhang Beiwen 5–0
- He Bingjiao 5–0
- Chen Yufei 4–1
- Kirsty Gilmour 1–0
- Line Kjaersfeldt 4–0
- Minatsu Mitani 4–0
- Bae Yeon-ju 3–1
- Evgeniya Kosetskaya 2–0
- Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 1–4
- Michelle Li 5–2
- Beatriz Corrales 1–0
- Busanan Ongbamrungphan 3–2
- Sayaka Sato 5–0
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