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Kenichi Tago’s Homecoming Ends in Defeat

Kenichi Tago, once a top contender for the No.1 spot in Men’s Singles, faced disappointment in the opening qualifying round of the Yonex Open Japan 2015. Tago, a former Thomas Cup hero and runner-up at the Yonex Open Japan in 2013, was defeated by Korea’s Lee Dong Keun in a thrilling three-game match.

Tago’s Return to Form Hindered by Loss

Although Tago showed brief flashes of his previous speed and attacking prowess, his overall performance fell short against his Korean opponent. After the match, Tago expressed his frustration, acknowledging that he needed to improve his mental strength and regain confidence in his game.

Lee Advances, Sets Up Clash with Sai Praneeth

Lee Dong Keun, who triumphed over Tago, advanced to the main draw after surviving another three-game battle in the second qualifying round. Lee displayed nerves of steel as he overcame Jeon Hyeok Jin in a hard-fought match. In the first round, he will face India’s Sai Praneeth, setting the stage for an exciting showdown.

Lee Chong Wei Cruises into the First Round

Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei had a comfortable start to the tournament, securing his place in the first round with ease. Lee dominated both of his matches, defeating Scotland’s Alistair Casey and Korea’s Heo Kwang Hee without dropping a game.

Japanese Dominance in Women’s Singles Qualifiers

Japan showcased its depth in Women’s Singles as all four qualifying spots were claimed by Japanese players. Kana Ito, Ayumi Mine, Saena Kawakami, and Moe Araki showcased their skills and progressed into the main draw, where they will join seven other compatriots. Kawakami faced tough challenges in both her matches but emerged victorious, setting the stage for an exciting performance in the main draw.

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Carolina Marin Ready for Redemption

Women’s Singles top seed Carolina Marin expressed her determination to overcome her recent defeat at the Indonesia Open. The reigning World champion acknowledged that she was not at her best during their previous encounter due to fatigue after the Australian Open. Marin is looking forward to her first-round match against local hope Yui Hashimoto, aiming to produce a better performance this time.

Japanese Farewell in Men’s Doubles

Shintaro Ikeda bid farewell to his international career as he and Kazuaki Oshima were eliminated in the second qualifying round by Thailand’s Puavaranukroh Dechapol and Kedren Kittinupong. It was a closely contested match, with the Thai pair eventually prevailing. Hiroyuki Saeki/Ryota Taohata (Japan), Liao Min Chun/Tseng Min Hao (Chinese Taipei), and Markis Kido/Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra (Indonesia) were the other qualifiers in the Men’s Doubles category.

Japanese Prowess in Women’s Doubles Qualifiers

Rira Kawashima and Saori Ozaki secured their spot in the main draw after a thrilling encounter against compatriots Asumi Kugo and Megumi Yokoyama. The match went the distance, with Kawashima and Ozaki emerging victorious. They joined Thailand’s Chaladchalam Chayanit/Phataimas Muenwong and Korea’s Jung Kyung Eun/Shin Seung Chan and Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee in the main draw of the Women’s Doubles event.

Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara Shine in Mixed Doubles

Japan’s Sudirman Cup heroes, Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara, secured their place in the main draw with a convincing victory over fellow compatriots Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino. Kazuno and Kurihara will face Korea’s Kim Gi Jung and Shin Seung Chan in the first round. The Mixed Doubles qualifiers also included Korea’s Yoo Yeon Seong/Chang Ye Na and Choi Solgyu/Eom Hye Won, as well as Japan’s Akira Koga/Koharu Yonemoto.

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  1. How did Kenichi Tago perform in the Yonex Open Japan 2015?
    Kenichi Tago was eliminated in the opening qualifying round of the Yonex Open Japan 2015 after a hard-fought match against Lee Dong Keun.

  2. Who are the top seeds in the Women’s Singles category?
    Carolina Marin is the top seed in the Women’s Singles category.

  3. Which Japanese players qualified for the main draw in Women’s Singles?
    Kana Ito, Ayumi Mine, Saena Kawakami, and Moe Araki secured their spots in the main draw of the Women’s Singles event.

  4. Who will Lee Dong Keun face in the first round of the main draw?
    Lee Dong Keun will face India’s Sai Praneeth in the first round of the main draw.


The Yonex Open Japan 2015 has witnessed intense matches and standout performances from players around the world. While some faced disappointment, others showcased their skills and advanced to the main draw. Japanese players displayed their dominance in both Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles qualifiers, setting the stage for an exciting tournament. As the competition unfolds, fans eagerly anticipate more thrilling matches and memorable performances from their favorite players.

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