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The Yonex Open Japan 2013 witnessed an unexpected upset in the first round as Chen Long of China was defeated by a little-known Japanese qualifier, Kazuteru Kozai. Ranked world No. 287, Kozai showcased his talent on home ground, defeating the second seed in a thrilling match. This victory adds to Kozai’s success at the Osaka International Challenge, the only international event he has participated in since April 2012.

Yonex Open Japan 2013

Other notable results included Wang Zhengming of China, who was defeated by Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam in a three-set match. Japanese qualifier Yuichi Ikeda also scored an upset by defeating Thailand’s No. 4 seed Boonsak Ponsana. Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand also emerged victorious over Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia.

Indian players also made their mark in the tournament, with Kidambi Srikanth leading the charge. Srikanth, who has experienced a remarkable rise in the rankings over the past year, secured a thrilling victory against Japan’s Sho Sasaki. This win further solidifies Srikanth’s position as a rising star in the badminton world.

Joining Srikanth in the second round are his teammates, HS Prannoy, Anand Pawar, and Ajay Jayaram. All three players showcased their skills and determination in tense three-game matches against higher-ranked opponents.

The top seed, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, advanced to the second round with a comfortable win over Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • In Women’s Singles, eight Japanese players advanced to the second round. Aya Ohori and Shizuka Uchida received walkovers from the top two seeds, Li Xuerui of China and Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand, respectively. Defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei also had a smooth opening match against Canada’s Nicole Grether.

  • All England Men’s Doubles champions Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan of China faced a tough challenge from Kenta Kazuno and Kazushi Yamada of Japan. The Chinese pair saved two game points and staged a comeback from a 9-14 deficit in the third game to secure their spot in the second round.

  • In Women’s Doubles, the India Open Superseries winners Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna of Japan were unable to capitalize on home-court advantage and were defeated by Indonesian duo Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii.

FAQs

  1. How did Chen Long perform in the Yonex Open Japan 2013?

    • Chen Long was unexpectedly defeated in the first round by Japanese qualifier Kazuteru Kozai.
  2. Who were the standout players from India in the tournament?

    • Kidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy, Anand Pawar, and Ajay Jayaram showcased their skills and determination, advancing to the second round.
  3. How many Japanese players advanced to the second round in Women’s Singles?

    • Eight Japanese players advanced to the second round in Women’s Singles.

Conclusion

The Yonex Open Japan 2013 has been filled with exciting matches and surprising results. Players from different countries have showcased their talent and determination on the badminton court. The tournament continues to be a platform for both established players and rising stars to make their mark in the world of badminton.

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