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Akane Yamaguchi races to Japan’s first Asia women’s title

The third seed, a silver medallist two years ago, comfortably defeated fifth-seeded He 21-19, 21-9 in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

other sports Updated: Apr 28, 2019 15:26 IST
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Akane Yamaguchi,Asia women,Badminton Asia Championships
Akane Yamaguchi of Japan (AFP)

Akane Yamaguchi became the first Japanese to win the Badminton Asia Championships women’s title on Sunday with an emphatic victory over China’s He Bingjiao.

The third seed, a silver medallist two years ago, comfortably defeated fifth-seeded He 21-19, 21-9 in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

The 21-year-old Yamaguchi, a former world number one, raced out of the blocks in both games against her stunned opponent, who is a year older.

Yamaguchi went 12-2 up in the first game and was ahead 11-1 in the second on the way to the title in just 42 one-sided minutes.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 15:23 IST