Japan Open is one of the BWF’s super series tournaments, held in Tokyo, Japan.
Do read my earlier post on BWF super series tournaments here.
Well… Let us get started with the updates from 2016 Japan Open.
Lee Chong Wei has won this title for the record 6th time. In the 70 minute thrilling battle against Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen, Lee emerged as winner with the score of 21-18, 15-21, 21-16.
After winning the title , Lee said that he is so proud to be a winner for the 6th time and he is going to cherish this win and hopes that no will break his record. Lee is Olympic silver medal winner in Rio Olympic. The Malaysian has won three Superseries this year — in Malaysia, Indonesia and now Japan .
It was Jorgensen who started well in the first game, Lee started bit slowly initially but still managed to take the opener. Jorgensen kept coming hard and thus he won the second game by 15-21. The match went for the decider. With 6-2 lead in the third game, it looked like Jorgensen is going to be the winner but Lee fought back to take the score to 17-16. It was very crucial moment and Jorgensen started making mistakes which cost him and finally Lee took the decider by 21-16.
It was Rio Olympic final repeat match for Women’s doubles player but this time Danish pair Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl emerged victorious against Japanese world number one Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo. Japanese pair took the first game by 21 -19. The second game went to Danish women and they took it by 21-18 and decider was one-sided affair with the score of 21-12 Overall it was high-intensity match with long rallies. It was a good treat for the spectators like us.
It was the first super series title for 19 year Chinese player He Bingjiao. She is currently ranked 13th in the world. In the final, she won against her own country woman sun Yu by 21-14, 7-21, 21-18. Despite being down 0-7 in the third game, she did not lose her calm and played brilliantly to win her first superseries title in her first attempt.It was good to see Chinese dominance.
Men’s doubles match was not something you would have anticipated. The young Chinese player Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen dominated from the start to their Korean opponents.Koreans Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Gi Jung lost the one-sided match by 21-12,21-12 in straight games in just 37 minutes.
The trouble did not end there for Ko Sung Hyun. He and his mixed doubles partner Kim Ha Na were outclassed by Chinese Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen in just over 30 minutes by 21-10 21-15.
As far as Indian performance is concerned, Srikanth Kidambi’s quest for the title ended in the quarterfinal.
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