Friday, 14 Jun 2024

NEWS

Newly-crowned women’s singles world champion, Akane Yamaguchi, is set to make her return to the court at the Daihatsu YONEX Japan Open 2022 this week. The 25-year-old will face India’s Saina Nehwal in the first round, as the competition kicks off at the Maruzen Intec Arena Osaka on August 30 and runs until September 4.

Yamaguchi had a disappointing quarterfinal exit at her home Olympics last year, but she bounced back by claiming the top spot at the YONEX All England Championships 2022 and the recent World Championships in Tokyo. Her impressive performance has solidified her as one of the top players in the world.

Unfortunately, Japan’s second seed and YONEX All England 2021 winner Nozomi Okuhara has withdrawn from the competition, along with India’s PV Sindhu. This opens up opportunities for other players to make their mark in the tournament.

In the men’s singles, the reigning world champion, Viktor Axelsen, will not be participating, as he has withdrawn from the competition. This leaves Japan’s Kento Momota as the top seed. Momota will face Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the first round and will be aiming for his first title since the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2021.

British pair Ben Lane and Sean Vendy will be representing England and hope to continue their impressive form after a strong performance at the World Championships. They defeated the number one seeds in the early rounds but were eventually stopped in the quarterfinals. They will be facing Japan’s Keiichiro Matsui and Yoshinori Takeuchi in their first match.

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The competition is not limited to singles matches. In the women’s doubles, top seeds Chen Quingchen and Jai Yifan will be back in action after winning the world championship. They will be facing Hong Kong’s Nha Ting Yeung and Pui Lam Yeung in the first round. With the withdrawal of the Japanese second seeds, the Chinese pair could face tough competition from Korea’s So Hee Lee and Seung Chan Shin or Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida in later rounds.

In the mixed doubles, two-time YONEX All England champions Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino will begin their campaign against the Egyptian pairing of Adham Hatem Elgamal and Doha Hany. This match will be a rematch of their first-round encounter in Birmingham, where the Japanese pair emerged victorious. They will be looking to build momentum and avenge their world championship final loss to the top seeds, Si Wei Zheng and Ya Qiong Huang.

The stage at the Daihatsu YONEX Japan Open 2022 is set for thrilling badminton action, as players from around the world compete for glory and the chance to make a name for themselves in the sport.


FAQs

Q: When is the Daihatsu YONEX Japan Open 2022?

The Daihatsu YONEX Japan Open 2022 will take place from August 30 to September 4.

Q: Who is the top seed in the men’s singles category?

Japan’s Kento Momota is the top seed in the men’s singles category.

Q: Which players have withdrawn from the competition?

Nozomi Okuhara from Japan and PV Sindhu from India have both withdrawn from the competition.

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Q: Who are the top seeds in the women’s doubles category?

Chen Quingchen and Jai Yifan from China are the top seeds in the women’s doubles category.

Q: Who are the defending champions in the mixed doubles category?

Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino from Japan are the defending champions in the mixed doubles category.

Summary

The Daihatsu YONEX Japan Open 2022 is set to be an exciting and competitive badminton tournament. With the return of newly-crowned women’s singles world champion Akane Yamaguchi and the absence of some top players, such as Nozomi Okuhara and PV Sindhu, the stage is set for new stars to emerge. In the men’s singles, reigning world champion Viktor Axelsen will not be competing, giving Kento Momota an opportunity to shine. The tournament also features thrilling matches in the doubles categories, with top-seeded pairs battling it out for the title. Badminton fans can expect intense action and memorable performances at the Japan Open. Follow the tournament closely to witness the rise of new champions and the triumphs of established stars.