Even 2hours before the door opening, there was a long queue in front of the Yoyogi 2nd Gymnasium on the sunny beautiful Sunday, Dec/4th in Tokyo.
People expected the exciting Championship matches played by the Japanese top shuttlers including Takahashi & Matsutomo, Yamaguchi and the duo of MD, Sonoda/Kamura. The event started by MD and was followed by WD, WS, MS and XD.
All the matches were thrilling and players showed their skill, power and passion. Please refer the detailed match reports below.
Other than the detailed match reports, Kenta Nishimoto took the victory against Kazumasa Sakai and became Men's Singles Champion. He will soon come back as a member of A representative of Japan and challenge among the top players in the world.
The Champions of each event are the followings.
MD：Keigo Sonoda & Takeshi Kamura
WD：Ayaka Takahashi & Misaki Matutomo
XD：Takeshi Kamura & Koharu Yonemoto
Thank you for your reading the match reports and we look forward to your coming back again next year. Finally, we hope the great success of Japanese players who will join the Super Series Final in Dubai from Dec/14.
The qualifiers to the SS Final are followings.
MD:：Keigo Sonoda & Takeshi Kamura,
WD：Ayaka Takahashi & Misaki Matsutomo, Naoko Fukuma & Kurumi Yonao,
XD:：Kenta Kazuno & Ayane Kurihara
Sayaka Sato 2 ( 21-18, 21-17) 0 Akane Yamaguchi
Sayaka Sato who was the runner up last year took her first triumph of All Japan Championship Tournament against Akane Yamaguchi.
Akane, the Super Series winner in Korea and Denmark this year, was regretful to lose the chance to come back to the Champion since 2014.
In the first game, the left hander, Sayaka started by the powerful smashes and repeated the good crossed returns to the opponent. Her long reach also took advantages to make the fine shots. She led by11-6 at the interval. After then Sayaka widen the lead by 14-7, but Akane tried to catch up by her jumping smashes and tricky drop shots etc. The strong driven clears also forced Sayaka to stay in the rear court. However, the fine smashes of tall left hander to the back boundary lines were much effective to take the point. The score moved 16-12, 18-15 and Sayaka got the game by 21-18.
Takeshi Kamura & Keigo Sonoda 2 (21-11, 13-21, 23-21) 1 Hiroyuki Endo & Yuta Watanabe
Head to head for these duo is one to nil, they met the first time in the MD finals of Japan Workers Badminton Federation Championship in September, about 3 months ago, where Endo, Watanabe won 2-0 (21-16, 21-19) the match against Kamura,/Sonoda.
Spectators seemed to have eagerly expected to witness Endo, Watanabe's swift moves in the court backed by their accurate anticipation in two to three rallies ahead. This duo is also good at receiving opponent's attacks due to the same reason why they can move so quickly and respond to flying shuttle instantly. Today's key success to win the match would be which duo does dominate and control the net area so that you can force your opponent to return but just lift the shuttlecocks from the fore part of the opponent court. Under these circumstances, you can easily expect what kind of returns would come to you next.
Ayaka Takahashi & Misaki Matsutomo 2(16-21, 21-19, 21-14 )1 Koharu Yonemoto & Shiho Tanaka
In the 1st game, Yonemoto/Tanaka started with 4consecutive points, mainly caused by Takahashi/Masutomo's errors.
Yonemoto/Tanaka forced Matsutomo to play at the rear court area to avoid Takahashi's powerful attack. With their aggressive play, Yonemoto/Tanaka spread their lead to 11-6, 16-11, and closed the game by 21-16.
2nd game proceeded evenly until Yonemoto/Tanaka's lead to 7-5, where Takahashi/Matsutomo recovered their play style and got 2 times of 4 consecutive points to 14-9. Yonemoto/Tanaka, however, continued to play persistently and caught up to 17-17.
Takahashi/Matsutomo got 3 consecutive points to 20-17, and finished game narrowly by 21-19.
Final game went evenly to 5-5, and at this point, Takahashi/Matsutomo started to play in their favorite style with Takahashi's powerful attack and Matsutomo's sharp deciding shots following them,. They got 5 and 4 consecutive points to their 14-6, and farther sped up their play and reached 20-12. Yonemot/Tanaka resisted with their final effort up to their 14-20.
Takeshi Kamura,Koharu Yonemoto 2-0 (21-16, 21-15) Kohei Gondo,Sayaka Hirota
Kamura,Yonemoto played very well today against one of his colleagues at the same team Kamura plays for. It is Gondo, who also plays at Tonami Transportation co., Ltd.
In the first game, Kamura,Yonemoto scored 6-0, 11-5 at the interval then 17-11 and closed the first game at 21-16.
In the second game, the situation did not change at all. Gondo,Hirota worked very hard to turn down the prevailing situation but they could not do that. The game went relatively calm without having seen up and downs during the course of the game.