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TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018: Kento Momota, Akane Yamaguchi among Team Yonex into the semi-finals

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06 August 2018

Nanjing, China — While Friday’s quarter-finals saw the elimination of some of the top seeds, in total, Team Yonex will represent half of all remaining players across all five categories in today’s semi-finals.

In men’s singles, Kento Momota (JPN) had no trouble with India’s Sai Praneeth B., moving his opponent around the court seemingly at will, and booking his spot in the semis in just 38 minutes with a 21-12, 21-12 victory.

In women’s singles, 3 of the four semi-finalists are Yonex athletes. Akane Yamaguchi (JPN) fought a back and forth, rollercoaster of a match with Chen Yufei of China. Yufei, bolstered by the shouts of the home crowd came back after losing the first game to take the second. But Yamaguchi rallied and will move on after a 21-13, 17-21, 21-16 win. Pusarla V. Sindhu(JPN) avenged her loss at the finals last year at the hands of Nozomi Okuhara (JPN), ousting the defending world champ 21-17, 21-19 in a late night match that went nearly to midnight. And Carolina Marin didn’t miss a beat as she breezed past Saina Nehwal 21-6, 21-11 in just 31 minutes.  

Meanwhile, in men’s doubles, Japanese pair Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda hosted one of the day’s biggest upsets as they crackeld with energy and ousted World No. 1 duo Marcus F Gideon and Kevin J Sukamuljo in straight games, 21-19, 21-18.

While in women’s doubles, all 4 pairs to advance to the semis are Team Yonex. Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia upset China’s World No. 1 duo of Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan in a heart-stopping 23-21, 23-21 match that saw multiple leads and game points change hands. The remaining three pairs are all Japanese and highlight the strength of the Uber Cup champions, including Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, who continue to roll by playing nearly error-free badminton.

Play continues in the semi-finals today, and Yonex will be posting live updates on Twitter. 

Kento MomotaASTROX 99AEROBITEPOWER CUSHION 65 Z MEN
Akane YamaguchiASTROX 77
Pusarla V. SindhuVOLTRIC Z-FORCE II
Carolina MarinDUORA Z-STRIKE, AERUS 3
Greysia PoliiARCSABER 11POWER CUSHION 03
Apriyani Rahayu: DUORA 10BG80POWER CUSHION 03
Yuki Fukushima: ASTROX 88 SBG80POWER CUSHION 65 Z LADIES 
Sayaka Hirota: ASTROX 88 SNANOGY95POWER CUSHION 65 Z LADIES 

For full results, go here.

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