Akane Yamaguchi

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Akane Yamaguchi
Personal information
Country  Japan
Born (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 20)
Fukui Prefecture
Height 1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Handedness Right
Women's singles
Highest ranking 1 (24 August 2017)
Current ranking 1 (24 August 2017)
BWF profile

Akane Yamaguchi (山口 茜, Yamaguchi Akane, born 6 June 1997 in Fukui Prefecture) is a Japanese badminton player who is a singles specialist.[1]

Career[edit]

Yamaguchi is one of the Japanese teenage prodigies whom many people predict to be future elite women's singles competitors. She reached the finals of the BWF World Junior Championships three years in a row, winning silver at the 2012 BWF World Junior Championships in Chiba, Japan and winning the gold twice, once at the 2013 BWF World Junior Championships in Bangkok, Thailand and once at the 2014 BWF World Junior Championships in Alor Setar, Malaysia.[2]

At the age of 16 years and 3 months, Yamaguchi became the youngest player ever to win the BWF Super Series tournament by beating her compatriot Shizuka Uchida in the final of 2013 Japan Super Series. This was also the first time that a Japanese woman won the home event in the ladies' singles at the Japan Open. This was a historic first ever Japan Open victory for the home country.[3]

In 2016, Yamaguchi won her second Super Series title at the Korea Open, beating Sung Ji Hyun, the 5th seed.[4] She followed this with a win at the Denmark Open held at Odense, making her only the third non-Chinese women's singles player to win two consecutive super series. The only other non-Chinese players to do so were Tai Tzu Ying, Ratchnok Intanon and Tine Baun.

On her way to victory at Denmark, she also beat double world champion and olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin in a close three set match as well as her teammate Nozomi Okuhara, whom she had never beaten prior to the Olympic games.

Achievements[edit]

Badminton Asia Championships[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 21–18, 11–21, 18–21 Silver Silver

East Asian Games[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2013 Binhai New Area Dagang Gymnasium, Tianjin, China China Wang Shixian 21–19, 19–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze

Youth Olympic Games[edit]

Girls' Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Nanjing Sport Institute, Nanjing, China China He Bingjiao 24-22, 21-23, 17-21 Silver Silver

BWF World Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim, Alor Setar, Malaysia China He Bingjiao 14-21, 21-18, 21-13 Gold Gold
2013 Hua Mark Indoor Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand Japan Aya Ohori 21-11, 21-13 Gold Gold
2012 Chiba Port Arena, Chiba, Japan Japan Nozomi Okuhara 12-21, 9-21 Silver Silver

Asian Youth Games[edit]

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2013 Nanjing Sport Institute, Nanjing, China Japan Minoru Koga Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Thailand Puttita Supajirakul
21-19, 19-21, 21-17 Gold Gold

Asia Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Taipei Gymnasium, Taipei, Chinese Taipei China Chen Yufei 21-11, 16-21, 21-13 Gold Gold
2012 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea Japan Nozomi Okuhara 19-21, 9-21 Bronze Bronze

BWF Superseries[edit]

The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 Australian Open Japan Nozomi Okuhara 12–21, 23–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Denmark Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 19–21, 21–14, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Korea Open South Korea Sung Ji-hyun 20–22, 21–15, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Japan Open Japan Nozomi Okuhara 18–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 China Open India Saina Nehwal 12–21, 20–22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2013 Japan Open Japan Shizuka Uchida 21–15, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix[edit]

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels,s Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2017 German Open Spain Carolina Marín Walkover 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Bitburger Open Thailand Busanan Ongbumrungpan 16-21, 21-14, 21-13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 New Zealand Open China Deng Xuan 17-21, 21-18, 20-22 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2013 Osaka International Japan Kaori Imabeppu 20-22, 16-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players: Akane Yamaguchi". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Worlds were not enough for national champion Yamaguchi". www.badzine.net. Badzine.net. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Akane Yamaguchi signals generational shift in women’s singles". www.sportskeeda.com. Sportskeeda. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Akane Yamaguchi Wins Second Superseries Title at Korea Open". yonex.com. Yonex. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 

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