On Dec/1st, at the Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium in Tokyo, the second rounds of each event have been held. Top seeded players, WS Akane Yamaguchi, WD Takahashi & Matsutomo, MD Sonoda& Kamura easily proceeded to the quarter finals, but Ms. Okuhara was regret to withdraw from the tournament, as she was obliged to quit the macth in the second game against Ms. Suzuki due to the problem of shoulder.
Another unexpected result was the defeat of Riichi Takeshita, the 3rd seeded MS, who lost the match against Yusuke Onodera.
The main players who will be in the quarter finals tomorrow are followings.
MS Kenta Nishimoto Kazumasa Sakai Kanta Tsuneyama Yuu Igarashi
WS Akane Yamaguchi Sayaka Sato Aya Ohori Minatsu Mitani Saena Kawakami
MD Keigo Sonoda & takeshi Kamura Hiroyuki Endo & Yuuta Watanabe Takuro Hoki & Kengo Kobayashi Takuto Inoue & Yuuki Kaneko
WD Ayaka Takahashi & Misaki Matutomo Naoko Fukuman & Kurumi Yonao Koharu Yonemoto & Shiho Tanaka Yuki Fukushima & Sayaka Hirota
XD Kenta Kazuno & Ayane Kurihara Yuuta Watanabe & Arisa Higashino
Haruka Suzuki 1(25-23, 11-2)0 Nozomi Okuhara
Okuhara, the last year's champion and bronze medalist of RIO, regretfully retired just after 11 points interval of 2nd game due to her shoulder's injury.
At the press meeting, she commented with tears as follows,
It was my great pity to stop playing in such way. The pain of my shoulder started during the Yonex Open Japan, last September. And after returning from China Open, I kept rehabilitation and at the same time was seeking the way how to hit the shuttle without feeling pain utilizing all other my physical capacity than shoulder.
The result was just like as you saw.
This All Japan Badminton Championship is to decide the Number One Player of Japan, so it has very significant meanings for both every player and myself.
（For the readers' reference, she won this tournament and became the youngest Champion in the history when she was a high school student.)
I really wanted to attend this tournament despite of my injury and decided to attend after discussion with our head coach and other staff.
The result was very much regrettable, but I will start my medical treatment & rehabilitation and do hard training as soon as possible aiming the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
We, all people concerned with badminton, sincerely prey her earliest recovery and come back to the court.
Yamaguchi started the match with a full of confidence and looked to be ready in all respects towards grasping national singles championship.
Araki tried very hard to catch up with her opponent two times in the first game from 6-13 to 9-13 and then 10-19 to 15-19. Araki earned 5 consecutive points here from 10-19, it was too late to give Yamaguchi any pressure at all.
In the second game, Araki in fact successfully overtook Yamaguchi from 3-3 to 7-3 and kept leading the game to 13-11, however from this point yamaguchi kept her pace without being tied nor overtaken during the course of the second game before concluded 2 nil victory over Araki.
Keigo Sonoda & Takeshi Kamura 2(21-13, 21-15)0 Kazuaki Oshima & Yuta Yamazaki
Sonoda & Kamura overwhelmed Oshima & Yamazaki in 29 minutes.
From the beginning of the 1st game, Sonoda & Kamura kept attacking with their characteristic low drive shots and push shot from fore court area and easily closed match.
Oshima & Yamazaki showed good return shot and counter attack from time to time, but could not reverse the game at all.
Ayaka Takahashi & Misaki Matsutomo 2(21-11, 21-12)0 Anna Doi & Saki Hayata
Though Doi & Hayata played very hard and showed their best offence & defense, they could not make break-through of the standing high wall, Takahashi & Matsutomo.
Takahashi & Matsutomo played as usual to their straight win and went up to the quarter final round as expected.
Today they showed several times Takahashi's forward play which seemed to work
very well, including Matsutomo's attacking power from back court area.
On the other hand there remained a certain instability in Matstomo' s short service.
Of course Matsutomo will adjust such matter and they will continue to win the tournament for their consecutive Victory.
Kenta Kazuno & Ayane Kurihara 2 (21-15, 23-21) 0 Naoto Honda & Aoi Matsuda
Kazuno & Kurihara, the Champion of the Mixed Doubles last year, appeared at the second round against Honda & Mastuda who proceeded from the qualifying matches.
In the first game, Kurihara started well in the front position of the court and created the decisive smash opportunities for Kazuno. They easily took the lead by 11-5 at the interval. After the interval the game was again dominated by Kazuno & Kurihara before finished by 21-15 in favor of them.
In the second game Kurihara kept her quick touches and made once the beautiful crossed smash against the opponent's long service. Kazuno also performed well by steep smashes and strong drive shots.
After the score of 11-7 at the interval, the pair of Honda & Mastuda tried to catch up by placing the shuttlecock to the middle position of Kazuno & Kurihara. The strategy worked well and the score reversed to 16-14, 18-16 and 19-17 in favor of Honda & Matsuda. However, after the deuce, Kazuma & Kurihara, who showed their passion to win, finally finished by 23-21 to proceed the quarter final.
Yuuta Watanabe & Arisa Higashino 2 (21-8,21-15) 0 Yooki Okamura & Narumi Suzuki
Watanabe & Higashino, the second seeded duo, competed against Okamura & Suzuki, the only the high school students pair in this tournament.
In the first game the high school pair seemed to be a bit nervous, while Watanabe and Higashino calmly placed the shuttlecock to the exquisite positions. They easily took the lead by 11-3, 17-6, and got the game by 21-8.
In the second game, Watanabe & Higashino showed their skill and power are much better than the opponent. Though the score seesawed until 8-8, the junior pair at the same high school repeated the unforced errors. Higashino made the quick pushes and Watanabe stroked the steep jumped smashes before they took the game by 21-15.
After all the match was one-sided despite of the scores.