General

Saina Nehwal surprisingly knocked out Akane Yamaguchi at the DANISA Denmark Open (Photo: Badminton Photo)
The Women’s Singles underdogs surprise
Date: 10/18/2018 2:36 PM
Published by : Annika Langrock

On Day 3 of the DANISA Denmark Open, Saina Nehwahl knocked out Akane Yamaguchi, who is currently world-ranked number two in Women’s Singles.

Saina Nehwal from India and Akane Yamaguchi from Japan played against each other for the eighth time in history, in Odense on Thursday. 

A historical victory

Yamaguchi won the last six matches in a row. In the round of 16 of the DANISA Denmark Open 2018, Nehwal was able to change that: She won against the Japanese favourite after two games, with 21-15 and 21-17. 

The last and only time that Nehwal was able to win against the current number two in the world before, has been in 2014 at the Thaihot China Open. 

- I am very happy to win today and to reach the quarterfinals. I moved better and played smart. But it was tough to play against Akane, as she is able to implement tricky attacks. 

The knockout of the top-seeded 

With Carolina Marin and Akane Yamaguchi being knocked out before the finals, the top-seeded were not able to win the DANISA Denmark Open. Therefore, everything is possible in Women’s Singles.

- I think every opponent here is not easy to play against. So, I expect a tough match tomorrow, Nehwal said. 

©badmintoneurope.com. All rights reserved.

Related news
13/06/2019
Lee Chong Wei bids farewell
Malaysian great Lee Chong Wei ...

12/06/2019
BEC salutes a legend
One of the great elders of the...

12/06/2019
"It has caused anxiety and self-confidence issues"
Since half a year, Toby Penty ...

09/06/2019
Strong youngsters in Lithuania
The RSL Lithuanian Internation...

07/06/2019
Adcock's crash out in Quarter-Finals
Europe’s final hope of winning...

07/06/2019
Are you the new BEC journalist?
Badminton Europe is seeking a ...

More news