Wakana Nagahara

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Wakana Nagahara
永原 和可那
Personal information
Country Japan
Born (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 23)
Hokkaido, Japan
ResidenceAkita, Akita, Japan
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (WD 30 April 2019)
19 (XD 9 July 2019)
Current ranking2 (WD), 22 (XD) (23 July 2019)
BWF profile

Wakana Nagahara (永原 和可那, Nagahara Wakana, born 9 January 1996) is a Japanese badminton player.[1] She is a two-time world champion in the women's doubles. Nagahara who educated at the Aomori Yamada High School, was part of the Japanese national junior team that won the bronze medals at the 2013, 2014 Asian and 2014 World Junior Championships. She won her first senior international title at the 2014 Smiling Fish International in the women's doubles event partnered with Mayu Matsumoto.[2] In national events, she plays for the Hokuto Bank team.[3] Nagahara was awarded as the 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by the BWF together with her partner Mayu Matsumoto. They obtained the honour after winning the 2018 BWF World Championships title and improving their ranking from 14 to 3 in the world.[4] On 30 April 2019, she reached a career high as the women's doubles world No. 1.

Achievements[edit]

BWF World Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 St. Jakobshalle,
Basel, Switzerland
Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuki Fukushima
Japan Sayaka Hirota
21–11, 20–22, 23–21 Gold Gold
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Indoor Arena,
Nanjing, China
Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuki Fukushima
Japan Sayaka Hirota
19–21, 21–19, 22–20 Gold Gold

Asian Championships[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
Japan Mayu Matsumoto China Chen Qingchen
China Jia Yifan
21–19, 14–21, 19–21 Silver Silver

BWF World Tour[edit]

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[5] 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.[6]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Japan Open Super 750 Japan Mayu Matsumoto South Korea Kim So-yeong
South Korea Kong Hee-yong
12–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Singapore Open Super 500 Japan Mayu Matsumoto South Korea Kim Hye-jeong
South Korea Kong Hee-yong
21–17, 22–20 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Mayu Matsumoto China Chen Qingchen
China Jia Yifan
21–18, 20–22, 11–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Fuzhou China Open Super 750 Japan Mayu Matsumoto South Korea Lee So-hee
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
21–23, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 French Open Super 750 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
21–14, 21–19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 China Open Super 1000 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Misaki Matsutomo
Japan Ayaka Takahashi
16–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Spain Masters Super 300 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Ayako Sakuramoto
Japan Yukiko Takahata
21–17, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuki Fukushima
Japan Sayaka Hirota
14–21, 21–16, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

BWF Grand Prix[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 doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 U.S. Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto South Korea Lee So-hee
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
16–21, 13–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Canada Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Chisato Hoshi
Japan Naru Shinoya
21–16, 16–21, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Thailand Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto Thailand Puttita Supajirakul
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
12–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 U.S. Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Shiho Tanaka
Japan Koharu Yonemoto
22–20, 15–21, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Russian Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuriko Miki
Japan Koharu Yonemoto
17–21, 7–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 U.S. Open Japan Yugo Kobayashi Poland Robert Mateusiak
Poland Nadiezda Zieba
21–16, 21–18 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Smiling Fish International Japan Mayu Matsumoto Thailand Pacharapun Chochuwong
Thailand Chanisa Teachavorasinskun
21–17, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Performance timeline[edit]

Japanese team[edit]

  • Junior level
Team events 2013 2014
Asia Junior Championships Med 3.png Bronze Med 3.png Bronze
World Junior Championships 4th Med 3.png Bronze
  • Senior level
Team Events 2019
Sudirman Cup Silver Silver

Individual competitions[edit]

  • Senior level
Event 2018 2019
Asia Championships A Med 2.png Silver (WD)
R2 (XD)
BWF World Championships Med 1.png Gold (WD) Med 1.png Gold (WD)
R3 (XD)
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
BWF World Tour
Malaysia Malaysia Masters A SF (WD)
R2 (XD)
SF (2019)
Indonesia Indonesian Masters A SF (WD)
QF (XD)
SF (2019)
Spain Spain Masters W (WD) A W (2018)
Germany German Open R2 (WD) SF (WD)
R1 (XD)
SF (2019)
England All England Open SF (WD) F (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2019)
Malaysia Malaysia Open QF (WD) QF (WD)
R1 (XD)
QF (2018, 2019)
Singapore Singapore Open A W (WD)
R1 (XD)
W (2019)
New Zealand New Zealand Open A QF (WD) QF (2019)
Australia Australian Open A QF (WD)
R2 (XD)
QF (2019)
Indonesia Indonesia Open F (WD) QF (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2018)
Japan Japan Open QF (WD) F (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2019)
Thailand Thailand Open QF (WD) QF (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2016)
China China Open F (WD) R2 (WD)
R1 (XD)
F (2018)
South Korea Korea Open QF (WD) R2 (WD)
R1 (XD)
QF (2017, 2018)
Denmark Denmark Open R1 (WD)
R1 (XD)
Report (WD)
R2 (XD)
R2 (2019)
France French Open W (WD)
QF (XD)
Report (WD)
Report (XD)
W (2018)
China Fuzhou China Open F (WD)
R2 (XD)
Report (WD)
Report (XD)
F (2018)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Open R1 (WD)
QF (XD)
QF (2017, 2018)
China BWF World Tour Finals SF (WD) Report (WD) SF (2018)
Year-end Ranking[7] 3 (WD)
64 (XD)
Tournament 2018 2019 Best
Tournament 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Super Series
South Korea Korea Open A QF (WD) QF (2017)
Japan Japan Open R1 (WD) R1 (WD)
R1 (XD)
R1 (WD)
R1 (XD)
R1 (2015, 2016, 2017)
France French Open A SF (WD) SF (2017)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Open A QF (WD) QF (2017)
Year-end Ranking 94 (WD) 32 (WD)
122 (XD)
14 (WD)
94 (XD)
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 Best
BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold
Malaysia Malaysia Masters A R1 (WD) A R1 (2016)
China China Masters A R2 (WD) R1 (WD)
R1 (XD)
R2 (2016)
New Zealand New Zealand Open A R2 (WD) R2 (WD) R2 (2016, 2017)
Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Open R2 (WD) R1 (WD) A SF (WD) SF (2017)
United States U.S. Open A R1 (WD) F (WD)
W (XD)
F (WD)
SF (XD)
W (2016)
Canada Canada Open A QF (WD) A W (WD)
SF (XD)
W (2017)
Russia Russian Open F (WD) w/o A F (2014)
Thailand Thailand Open N/A A F (WD) A F (2016)
South Korea Korea Masters A QF (WD) A QF (2016)
Macau Macau Open A QF (WD) QF (2017)
Year-end Ranking 101 (WD) 94 (WD) 32 (WD)
122 (XD)
14 (WD)
94 (XD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players: Wakana Nagahara". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  2. ^ "永原 和可那/ Wakana Nagahara". www.smash-net.tv (in Japanese). TMONY Japan Corporation. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Wakana Nagahara 永原 和可那 No. 2". hokutobadmintonclub.jp (in Japanese). Hokuto Bank. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  4. ^ Hearn, Don (11 December 2018). "Big winners awarded on BWF's 'Night of Nights'". Badzine.net. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  5. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ "BWF World Rankings". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 4 February 2016.

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