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Badminton: Second-seeded Wang out of Japan Open after falling to Japanese opponent

Published on Jun 12, 2014 6:45 PM
 
China's Wang Yihan wipes her face during her women's singles second round match against Japan's Sayaka Takahashi at the Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo on June 12, 2014. The 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. -- PHOTO: AFP 

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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