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Wakana Nagahara (永原 和可那, Nagahara Wakana, born 9 January 1996) is a Japanese badminton player.[1] She is a two-time world champion in the women's doubles. Nagahara who educated at the Aomori Yamada High School, was part of the Japanese national junior team that won the bronze medals at the 2013, 2014 Asian and 2014 World Junior Championships. She won her first senior international title at the 2014 Smiling Fish International in the women's doubles event partnered with Mayu Matsumoto.[2] In national events, she plays for the Hokuto Bank team.[3] Nagahara was awarded as the 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by the BWF together with her partner Mayu Matsumoto. They obtained the honour after winning the 2018 BWF World Championships title and improving their ranking from 14 to 3 in the world.[4] On 30 April 2019, she reached a career high as the women's doubles world No. 1.

Wakana Nagahara
永原 和可那
Personal information
Country Japan
Born (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23)
Hokkaido, Japan
ResidenceAkita, Akita, Japan
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (WD 30 April 2019)
19 (XD 9 July 2019)
Current ranking2 (WD), 22 (XD) (23 July 2019)
BWF profile

AchievementsEdit

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 St. Jakobshalle,
Basel, Switzerland
  Mayu Matsumoto   Yuki Fukushima
  Sayaka Hirota
21–11, 20–22, 23–21   Gold
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Indoor Arena,
Nanjing, China
  Mayu Matsumoto   Yuki Fukushima
  Sayaka Hirota
19–21, 21–19, 22–20   Gold

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Mayu Matsumoto   Chen Qingchen
  Jia Yifan
21–19, 14–21, 19–21   Silver

BWF World TourEdit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[5] 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.[6]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Japan Open Super 750   Mayu Matsumoto   Kim So-yeong
  Kong Hee-yong
12–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2019 Singapore Open Super 500   Mayu Matsumoto   Kim Hye-jeong
  Kong Hee-yong
21–17, 22–20   Winner
2019 All England Open Super 1000   Mayu Matsumoto   Chen Qingchen
  Jia Yifan
21–18, 20–22, 11–21   Runner-up
2018 Fuzhou China Open Super 750   Mayu Matsumoto   Lee So-hee
  Shin Seung-chan
21–23, 18–21   Runner-up
2018 French Open Super 750   Mayu Matsumoto   Gabriela Stoeva
  Stefani Stoeva
21–14, 21–19   Winner
2018 China Open Super 1000   Mayu Matsumoto   Misaki Matsutomo
  Ayaka Takahashi
16–21, 12–21   Runner-up
2018 Spain Masters Super 300   Mayu Matsumoto   Ayako Sakuramoto
  Yukiko Takahata
21–17, 21–13   Winner
2018 Indonesia Open Super 1000   Mayu Matsumoto   Yuki Fukushima
  Sayaka Hirota
14–21, 21–16, 14–21   Runner-up

BWF Grand PrixEdit

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 doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 U.S. Open   Mayu Matsumoto   Lee So-hee
  Shin Seung-chan
16–21, 13–21   Runner-up
2017 Canada Open   Mayu Matsumoto   Chisato Hoshi
  Naru Shinoya
21–16, 16–21, 21–18   Winner
2016 Thailand Open   Mayu Matsumoto   Puttita Supajirakul
  Sapsiree Taerattanachai
12–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2016 U.S. Open   Mayu Matsumoto   Shiho Tanaka
  Koharu Yonemoto
22–20, 15–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2014 Russian Open   Mayu Matsumoto   Yuriko Miki
  Koharu Yonemoto
17–21, 7–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 U.S. Open   Yugo Kobayashi   Robert Mateusiak
  Nadiezda Zieba
21–16, 21–18   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Smiling Fish International   Mayu Matsumoto   Pacharapun Chochuwong
  Chanisa Teachavorasinskun
21–17, 21–11   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Performance timelineEdit

Japanese teamEdit

  • Junior level
Team events 2013 2014
Asia Junior Championships   Bronze   Bronze
World Junior Championships 4th   Bronze
  • Senior level
Team Events 2019
Sudirman Cup   Silver

Individual competitionsEdit

  • Senior level
Event 2018 2019
Asia Championships A   Silver (WD)
R2 (XD)
BWF World Championships   Gold (WD)   Gold (WD)
R3 (XD)
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
BWF World Tour
  Malaysia Masters A SF (WD)
R2 (XD)
SF (2019)
  Indonesian Masters A SF (WD)
QF (XD)
SF (2019)
  Spain Masters W (WD) A W (2018)
  German Open R2 SF (WD)
R1 (XD)
SF (2019)
  All England Open SF F (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2019)
  Malaysia Open QF QF (WD)
R1 (XD)
QF (2018, 2019)
  Singapore Open A W (WD)
R1 (XD)
W (2019)
  New Zealand Open A QF QF (2019)
  Australian Open A QF (WD)
R2 (XD)
QF (2019)
  Indonesia Open F QF (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2018)
  Japan Open QF F (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2019)
  Thailand Open QF QF (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2016)
  China Open F Report (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2018)
  Korea Open QF Report (WD)
Report (XD)
QF (2017, 2018)
  Denmark Open R1 (WD)
R1 (XD)
R1 (2018)
  French Open W (WD)
QF (XD)
W (2018)
  Fuzhou China Open F (WD)
R2 (XD)
F (2018)
  Hong Kong Open R1 (WD)
QF (XD)
QF (2017, 2018)
  BWF World Tour Finals SF SF (2018)
Tournament 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Super Series
  Korea Open A QF QF (2017)
  Japan Open R1 R1 (WD)
R1 (XD)
R1 (WD)
R1 (XD)
R1 (2015, 2016, 2017)
  French Open A SF SF (2017)
  Hong Kong Open A QF QF (2017)
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold
  Malaysia Masters A R1 A R1 (2016)
  China Masters A R2 (WD) R1 (WD)
R1 (XD)
R2 (2016)
  New Zealand Open A R2 R2 R2 (2016, 2017)
  Chinese Taipei Open R2 R1 A SF SF (2017)
  U.S. Open A R1 F F F (2016, 2017)
  Canada Open A QF A W W (2017)
  Russian Open F w/o A F (2014)
  Thailand Open N/A A F A F (2016)
  Korea Masters A QF A QF (2016)
  Macau Open A QF QF (2017)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Players: Wakana Nagahara". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  2. ^ "永原 和可那/ Wakana Nagahara". www.smash-net.tv (in Japanese). TMONY Japan Corporation. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Wakana Nagahara 永原 和可那 No. 2". hokutobadmintonclub.jp (in Japanese). Hokuto Bank. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. ^ Hearn, Don (11 December 2018). "Big winners awarded on BWF's 'Night of Nights'". Badzine.net. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  5. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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