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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yonex Japan Open 2016 completion

The Yonex Japan Open 2016 has just been completed.
The WD saw the revenge of the Danes, beating the reigning Olympic Champion and Japanese media darlings, Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo 19-21, 21-18 and 21-12.

The venue was the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium (東京体育館) located in the happening area of Shibuya (渋谷).

About 3 minutes walk from the JR Sendagaya station (千駄ケ谷駅) is the stadium.

The other great match was between Lee Chong Wei vs. Jan O Jorgensen.
Lee Chong Wei beat the Dane Jan O Jorgensen in a thrilling rubber set game, 21-18, 15-21, 21-16.

Jan O Jorgensen was wearing a stylish Yonex bandana, like a tennis player.
The other matches were won by Chinese players, especially MD Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen who beat Korean pair of Kim Gi Jung and Ko Sung Hyun, 21-12 and 21-12.

Chinese players also won the WS with He Bingjiao beating Sun Yu in a rubber game 21-14, 7-21 and 21-18.

The exhausted Ko Sung Hyun who played earlier in MD partnered with Kim Ha Na in XD lost to the Chinese pair of Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 21-10, 21-15.

As always in Japan Open, there are always new equipment debut and limited goods on sale like these shirts.
Japan in September was pretty warm with temperatures around 25-30 degrees Celcius and is considered by most guides as typhoon season. I visited in September about 2 years ago, and I remember it still feels like summer.

Maybe next time, I promise to watch either Japan Open or All England.

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