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Carolina Marin wins Japan Open

Carolina Marin poses with He Bingjiao at the 2017 Japan Open award ceremony. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain bagged the women's singles title at the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries badminton championships that was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Sunday. Two-time world champion Marin ended her 22-month Superseries title drought by overcoming He Bingjiao of China 23-21, 21-12 in 53 minutes. The No. 1 seeds and Rio Olympic champions Ayaka...

Viktor Axelsen beats Lee Chong Wei to win Japan Open title (4 pics)

Viktor Axelsen is a strong threat to the golden generation of badminton that consist of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Viktor Axelsen of Denmark who outlasted five-time World champion Lin Dan of China to end Denmark's 20-year drought in men's singles at the World Championships last month, survived a three-set thriller against Malaysian Lee Chong Wei in the 2017 Japan Open men's singles final on Sunday. As Lee Chong Wei got off to a slow start in the first...

Lee Chong Wei on course for record seventh Japan Open title

Lee Chong Wei's rediscovered form will be put to the test when he takes on Viktor Axelsen in Japan Open final. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Lee Chong Wei is now one win away from becoming the most successful male player in Japan Open history after blowing past No. 2 seed Shi Yuqi of China 21-19, 21-8 in the semi-final on Saturday. Lee had more difficulty today in the first round, particularly after Shi reeled off 6 straight points to open a huge gap...

Carolina Marin sets up Japan Open final with He Bingjiao after Nozomi Okuhara pulls out

Carolina Marin reaches the 2017 Japan Open final. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Two-time women's singles world champion Carolina Marin barely broke a sweat in Japan Open semi-finals, as she was handed a walkover by the 2017 World Champion Nozomi Okuhara before the start of the semi-final match. Okuhara who was aiming to reclaim the trophy on home soil after winning it in 2015, said at a news conference that she had...

Lee Chong Wei advances, Lin Dan ousted at Japan Open

Lee Chong Wei cruises into Japan Open semi-finals. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Lee Chong Wei was through to the Japan Open semifinals, while No. 7 seed Lin Dan was headed home. The fifth-seeded Lee cruised past Taiwan's No. 4 seed Chou Tien Chen 21-11, 15-21, 21-19 in Friday's quarterfinal match at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Lee had to work extremely hard, coming back from 10-15 to claim the decider. "I'm slowly improving and...

Nozomi Okuhara faces Carolina Marin in Japan Open semis

Carolina Marin to play Nozomi Okuhara in Japan Open semis. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: The 2017 women's singles World Champion Nozomi Okuhara's run of strong form continued when the unseeded Japanese player battled past Zhang Beiwen of USA with a 21-16, 23-21 win on Friday. Okuhara who is bidding to reclaim the Japan Open trophy on home soil, after winning it in 2015 will play the Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain. Marin spoiled...

Nozomi Okuhara breezes past P.V. Sindhu enter Japan Open last 8

Nozomi Okuhara vs P.V. Sindhu is becoming one of the greatest Badminton rivalries in women's singles. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Unseeded Nozomi Okuhara showcased her brilliance once more as the never gets tired Japanese player swept past her rival in the World Championships and Korea Open finals, the No. 4 seed P.V Sindhu of India 21-18, 21-8 in 48 minutes in the Japan Open women’s singles second round on Thursday. "There's not much gap between Sindhu and I, and...

Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan reaches Japan Open quarters

Lee Chong Wei enters Japan Open quarters. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Six-time Japan Open champion Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia reached the 2017 Japan Open quarter-final with a straight-set win over Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto on Thursday. The 35-year-old, who is bidding for his seventh Japan Open title, recorded a 22-20, 21-17 victory in 47 minutes. Lee will now play Taiwan's No. 4 seed Chou Tien Chen on Friday. The No. 7 seed...

P.V Sindhu to meet Nozomi Okuhara in Japan Open second round

Its P.V Sindhu (right) vs Nozomi Okuhara (middle) again in the Japan Open second round. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Fresh from winning the Korea Open Superseries title last Sunday, India's No. 4 seed P.V. Sindhu sized up her first big test at the Japan Open Wednesday after she fought off spirited Japanese player Minatsu Mitani 12-21, 21-15, 21-17 in 64 minutes to set up a second round meeting with her rival in the World Championships and Korea...

Lee Chong Wei & Lin Dan enter Japan Open second round, Anthony Ginting exits

Lin Dan cruises into second round of Japan Open. (photo: AP)
Tokyo: Fifth-seeded Lee Chong Wei, a six-time champion at Japan Open, and three-time champion Lin Dan, advanced to the second round of Japan Open despite surprising challenges in the opener. Following his disappointingly early exit from the World Championships, Lee survived a first round scare against Vincent Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium late Wednesday,...

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Carolina Marin poses with He Bingjiao at the 2017 Japan Open award ceremony. (photo: AP)

Carolina Marin wins Japan Open

Tokyo: Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain bagged the women's singles title at the $325,000 Japan Open Superseries badminton championships that was held...
Viktor Axelsen is a strong threat to the golden generation of badminton that consist of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei. (photo: AP)

Viktor Axelsen beats Lee Chong Wei to win Japan Open title (4 pics)

Tokyo: Viktor Axelsen of Denmark who outlasted five-time World champion Lin Dan of China to end Denmark's 20-year drought in men's singles at the...
Lee Chong Wei's rediscovered form will be put to the test when he takes on Viktor Axelsen in Japan Open final. (photo: AP)

Lee Chong Wei on course for record seventh Japan Open title

Tokyo: Lee Chong Wei is now one win away from becoming the most successful male player in Japan Open history after blowing past No....