|Birth name||奥原 希望|
13 March 1995|
Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
|Height||1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)|
|Highest ranking||3 (17 November 2016)|
|Current ranking||8 (13 September 2018)|
Nozomi Okuhara (奥原 希望 Okuhara Nozomi, born 13 March 1995) is a Japanese badminton player who is a singles specialist, well known for her speed, agility and endurance. She won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics. She became the 2017 world champion in Glasgow, Scotland after defeating India's P. V. Sindhu in the finals.
In 2011, the then 16-year-old Nozomi Okuhara became the youngest women's singles champion ever at the All Japan Badminton Championships, which are the Japanese National Badminton Championships. She won a BWF World junior title in the girls singles event at the 2012 BWF World Junior Championships after reaching the semi-finals, having won bronze one year earlier at the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships.
She was a runner-up at the 2012 Asian Junior Badminton Championships. Also in 2012, she won her first Grand Prix title at the 2012 Canada Open Grand Prix. In 2013, she was mainly absent from the court due to knee injury. She won her first BWF Super Series title at the 2015 Japan Super Series.
In 2016, she won the prestigious All England Open and thereby became the first Japanese women's singles player to lift this title in the past 39 years. She also won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She lost to P.V. Sindhu in the semi-finals, but won the bronze medal against Li Xuerui of China in a walkover.
At the 2017 BWF World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Okuhara reached the finals after back-to-back wins against both finalists from the 2015 BWF World Championships, Carolina Marín of Spain and Saina Nehwal of India. In a hard-fought final, featuring the longest match of the entire tournament, Okuhara then defeated P. V. Sindhu, winning by 21–19, 20–22, 22–20 in almost 2 hours.
|2016||Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Li Xuerui||Walkover||Bronze|
BWF World Championships
|2017||Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||P. V. Sindhu||21–19, 20–22, 22–20||Gold|
World Junior Championships
|2012||Chiba Port Arena, Chiba, Japan||Akane Yamaguchi||21–12, 21–9||Gold|
|2011||Taoyuan Arena, Taoyuan& Taipei, Chinese Taipei||Ratchanok Inthanon||16–21, 16–21||Bronze|
Asian Junior Championships
|2012||Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea||P. V. Sindhu||21–18, 17–21, 20–22||Silver|
BWF World Tour
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2018||Japan Open||Super 750||Carolina Marin||19–21, 21–17, 11–21||Runner-up|
|2018||Thailand Open||Super 500||P. V. Sindhu||21–15, 21–18||Winner|
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.
|2017||Korea Open||P. V. Sindhu||22–20, 11–21, 21–18||Runner-up|
|2017||Australian Open||Akane Yamaguchi||21–12, 21–23, 21–17||Winner|
|2016||All England Open||Wang Shixian||21–11, 16–21, 21–19||Winner|
|2015||World Superseries Finals||Wang Yihan||22–20, 21–18||Winner|
|2015||Hong Kong Open||Carolina Marín||17–21, 21–18, 20–22||Runner-up|
|2015||Japan Open||Akane Yamaguchi||21–18, 21–12||Winner|
|2014||Hong Kong Open||Tai Tzu-ying||19–21, 11–21||Runner-up|
BWF Grand Prix
|2015||U.S. Open||Sayaka Sato||21–16, 21–14||Winner|
|2015||Malaysia Masters||Sayaka Takahashi||21–13, 21–17||Winner|
|2014||Korea Masters||Sayaka Sato||21–17, 21–13||Winner|
|2014||Vietnam Open||Aya Ohori||21–15, 21–11||Winner|
|2014||New Zealand Open||Kana Ito||21–15, 21–3||Winner|
|2012||Canada Open||Sayaka Takahashi||21–8, 21–16||Winner|
BWF International Challenge/Series
|2015||China International||Chen Yufei||21–19, 21–16||Winner|
|2011||Austrian International||Mayu Sekiya||21–6, 21–16||Winner|
|2010||Lao International||Nitchaon Jindapol||16–21 17–21||Runner-up|
- BWF International Challenge tournament
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- "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.