Top Seeds Headline Quarter-Final Line Up at Yonex German Open 2019

By: Venus
Date: 01 Mar, 2019
Image Courtesy: Badminton

It’s almost a Japanese invasion of sorts at the Yonex German Open 2019, as 3 of the Quarterfinalists in the Men’s Singles and 4 of the Quarterfinalists in the Women’s Singles hail from the land of the rising sun.

KentoMomota leads the charge in the men’s singles event as he won a intriguing last-16 match up against Brice Leverdez in three tightly contested games 21-14 17-21 21-11. Although Brice, fought in the first two games, Kento had the measure of him in the third and sealed a quarterfinal place for himself.

Momota will play compatriot KantaTsuneyama, who brushed aside the challenge from Chinese player Zhao Junpeng 21-15 21-7.

Number two seed Chou Tien Chen and number three seed Kenta Nishmota also made it to the quarter finals and will face Lee Zii Jia and KantaphonWangcharden, respectively. The only remaining non-Asian Hans-Kristian Solberg will face off against Malaysian Joo Ven Soong.

In the women’s singles, top seed Nozomi Okuharamade it to the quarterfinals with a hard-fought win over Mia Blichfelt, and will play Aya Ohori. Second seeded Akane Yamaguchi will play Sayaka Takashi in the other all-Japanese match-up.

Third seed RatchanokIntanon and fourth seed Beiwen Zhang also made it to the final eight of the competition and will play Jia Min Yeo &Jin Wei Goh to book a place in the semi-finals.

Top-seeded team of Takeshi Kamura&KeigoSonoda lead the charge in the men’s doubles event with second seeds Hiroyuki Endo & Yuta Watanabe also making it to the last-eight. Three Malaysian team, a Chinese & a South Korean team round-off the quarterfinal line up for the men’s doubles.

The women’s doubles event also has a distinct Japanese look with three teams making it to the last eight. The Japanese charge is led by top-seeds Yuki Fukushima & Sayaka Hirota, with the second seeded Misaki Matsutomo& Ayaka Takashahi also in the last-eight.

Third seeded pair of Maya Matsumoto &WakanaNagahara will go up against the Stoeva sisters in their quarterfinal match-up.

The mixed-doubles has been the only event, that has thrown up a mixed bag of results for the Japanese contingent. But they still remain favorites as the top seeded pair of Yuta Watanabe & Arisa Higashino made it to the last-eight without much trouble.

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