Nozomi Okuhara

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Nozomi Okuhara
奥原 希望
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Okuhara at Australia Open Super Series 2017
Personal information
Birth nameNozomi Okuhara
Country Japan
Born (1995-03-13) 13 March 1995 (age 25)
Ōmachi, Nagano, Japan
Height1.56 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight51 kg (112 lb)
HandednessRight
Women's singles
Career record312 wins, 103 losses
Highest ranking1 (29 October 2019)
Current ranking4 (17 March 2020)
BWF profile

Nozomi Okuhara (奥原 希望, Okuhara Nozomi, born 13 March 1995)[1] is a Japanese badminton player and the former World's No. 1 in BWF rankings for the women's singles, well known for her speed, agility and endurance. She won a bronze at the 2016 Summer Olympics,[2] and gold medal at the 2017 World Championships.

Career summary[edit]

Okuhara started playing badminton since 2002. Eight years later, precisely in 2010 she joined the Japanese national team. The 2010 Osaka International Challenge became her international debut.

2011[edit]

In 2011, the 16-year-old Okuhara became the youngest women's singles champion ever at the Japanese National Badminton Championships.

2012[edit]

Okuhara was a runner-up at the Asian Junior Championships, and helps the team won the mixed team title. She later clinched the gold medal at the World Junior Championships, having won bronze one year earlier at the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships. In July, she won her first Grand Prix title at the Canada Open.

2013[edit]

In 2013, she suffered a severe knee injury and was absent from an international tournament for 1 year.

2015[edit]

In 2015, Okuhara won first Superseries title at Japan Open in the final defeating her great colleague Akane Yamaguchi with a score of 21–18, 21–12. At the end of the 2015 BWF season, she won the Dubai Superseries final where in the preliminary round and semifinals she succeeded in defeating world number 1 player Carolina Marin and in the final she beat Wang Yihan with a score of 22–20, 21–18.

2016[edit]

In 2016, she won the prestigious All England Open after defeating Wang Shixian in the final with score 21–11, 16–21, 21–19, and thereby became the first Japanese women's singles player to lift this title in the past 39 years.[3] She won the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She lost to P.V. Sindhu in the semi-finals, but won the bronze medal match against Li Xuerui of China in a walkover.

2017[edit]

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.[4]

2018[edit]

Okuhara started the year after coming back from knee injury. She reached the quarterfinals of All England Open but was defeated by her long-time rival P. V. Sindhu of India in three games.

In May, Okuhara helped Japan to win the Uber Cup after Japan beat Thailand by 3–0 in the final. Okuhara didn't lose any of her match in Uber cup.

Okuhara went to World Championships in Nanjing as defending champion but could not defend her title of 2017 after she lost to the player she beat in 2017 final P. V. Sindhu in 2 straight games in quarterfinals.

At that year, she reached five finals and won 3 among them: Thailand, Korea, and Hong Kong Opens. She completed the year ranked as number 2 in race to Guangzhou rankings and qualified for World Tour Finals. At the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals in Tianhe, Guangzhou, China, Okuhara reached the finals but lost in straight games, 19–21, 17–21, to P. V. Sindhu of India.[5]

2019[edit]

In August, Okuhara had to settle for a silver medal at the 2019 BWF World Championships held in Basel, Switzerland after losing the World title to P.V. Sindhu of India with a score of 7–21, 7–21 in 36 minutes of the match. She succeeded in occupying the Ranking 1 of the world shifting Tai Tzu-ying on 29 October 2019.

She also contested the Denmark Open final, where she lost to Tai Tzu-ying with 17–21, 14–21 scores. She was the runner-up in 6th straight tournament, after her defeat in the hands of Chen Yufei in Fuzhou China Open with the scores 21–9, 12–21, 18–21. She took part in World Tour Finals in Guangzhou where she had best of starts; defeating all her opponents of group stage. But in semi finals, she was beaten by Tai Tzu-ying whom she has beaten in group stage earlier.

2020[edit]

Okuhara started the season as the quarter-finalists in Malaysia Masters after getting unexpected defeat from Chinese He Bingjiao 17–21, 10–21.[6] Competed as the third seeds at the Indonesia Masters, she suffered an early upset had beaten by Carolina Marín in the second round with a score of 13–21, 15–21.[7] In March, she stopped in the semi-finals of All England Open to world number 1 Chen Yufei in a close straight games.[8]

Achievements[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil China Li Xuerui Walkover Bronze Bronze

BWF World Championships[edit]

Women's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2019 St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland India P. V. Sindhu 7–21, 7–21 Silver Silver
2017 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland India P. V. Sindhu 21–19, 20–22, 22–20 Gold Gold

BWF World Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Chiba Port Arena, Chiba, Japan Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 21–9 Gold Gold
2011 Taoyuan Arena, Taoyuan& Taipei, Chinese Taipei Thailand Ratchanok Inthanon 16–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze

Asian Junior Championships[edit]

Girls' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Gimcheon Indoor Stadium, Gimcheon, South Korea India P. V. Sindhu 21–18, 17–21, 20–22 Silver Silver

BWF World Tour (3 titles, 8 runners-up)[edit]

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[9] 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.[10]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Fuzhou China Open Super 750 China Chen Yufei 21–9, 12–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Denmark Open Super 750 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 17–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Japan Open Super 750 Japan Akane Yamaguchi 13–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Australian Open Super 300 China Chen Yufei 15–21, 3–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Singapore Open Super 500 Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 19–21, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals India P. V. Sindhu 19–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Hong Kong Open Super 500 Thailand Ratchanok Intanon 21–19, 24–22 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Fuzhou China Open Super 750 China Chen Yufei 10–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Korea Open Super 500 United States Zhang Beiwen 21–10, 17–21, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Japan Open Super 750 Spain Carolina Marín 19–21, 21–17, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Thailand Open Super 500 India P. V. Sindhu 21–15, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF Superseries (4 titles, 3 runners-up)[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 Korea Open India P. V. Sindhu 22–20, 11–21, 21–18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Australian Open Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–12, 21–23, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 All England Open China Wang Shixian 21–11, 16–21, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 World Superseries Finals China Wang Yihan 22–20, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Hong Kong Open Spain Carolina Marín 17–21, 21–18, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Japan Open Japan Akane Yamaguchi 21–18, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Hong Kong Open Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu-ying 19–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (6 titles)[edit]

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

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 U.S. Open Japan Sayaka Sato 21–16, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Malaysia Masters Japan Sayaka Takahashi 21–13, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Korea Masters Japan Sayaka Sato 21–17, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Vietnam Open Japan Aya Ohori 21–15, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 New Zealand Open Japan Kana Ito 21–15, 21–3 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2012 Canada Open Japan Sayaka Takahashi 21–8, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Women's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2015 China International China Chen Yufei 21–19, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Austrian International Japan Mayu Sekiya 21–6, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Lao International Thailand Nitchaon Jindapol 16–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament

Career overview[edit]

Record against selected opponents[edit]

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists. Accurate as of 14 March 2020.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nozomi OKUHARA: Full Profile". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Olympics: Nozomi Okuhara takes badminton bronze as injured Li Xuerui pulls out - report". The Straits Times. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Nozomi Okuhara Beats Wang Shixian to Win Her First All England Badminton Title". NDTV. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Okuhara wins drama-filled finale to claim world championship". The Japan Times. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "PV Sindhu Scripts History, Becomes 1st Indian To Win BWF World Tour Finals". sports.ndtv.com. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Tai is too good for Sindhu, Marin roars past timid Nehwal". www.bangkokpost.com. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  7. ^ Indartiningrum, Naomi (16 January 2020). "INDONESIA MASTERS R16 – Not a good day for the seeded". www.badzine.net. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  8. ^ Houston, Michael (14 March 2020). "Top seeds to meet in men's singles final of All England Open Badminton Championships". www.insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  9. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Nozomi Okuhara Head to Head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 19 March 2020.

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