Badminton: Second-seeded Wang out of Japan Open after falling to Japanese opponent
Published on Jun 12, 2014 6:45 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - China's former world badminton champion Wang Yihan crashed out in the second round of the Japan Open today at the hands of Japanese giant killer Sayaka Takahashi.
Second-seeded Wang, the 2011 world champion and runner-up to compatriot Li Xuerui at the 2012 London Olympics, lost 21-13, 21-16 in 38 minutes.
Takahashi, ranked 12th in the world, beat world No. 1 Li in the quarter-finals of the German Open last year.
"I went out feeling I had nothing to lose," said the 21-year-old Japanese who also upset Thailand's 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon at the 2013 and 2014 Asian championships.
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