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Japan weakens in women's doubles badminton

  • Ramadani Saputra

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, January 20 2020   /  02:05 am
Bend it: Japan's Misaki Matsutomo (left), next to Ayaka Takahashi, returns a shuttlecock to China's Du Yue and Li Yinhui (not pictured) during their women's doubles quarterfinal match at the BWF Badminton World Championships at the St. Jakobshalle arena in Basel on Aug. 23, 2019. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)(left), next to Ayaka Takahashi, returns a shuttlecock to China's Du Yue and Li Yinhui (not pictured) during their women's doubles quarterfinal match at the BWF Badminton World Championships at the St. Jakobshalle arena in Basel on Aug. 23, 2019. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Bend it: Japan's Misaki Matsutomo (left), next to Ayaka Takahashi, returns a shuttlecock to China's Du Yue and Li Yinhui (not pictured) during their women's doubles quarterfinal match at the BWF Badminton World Championships at the St. Jakobshalle arena in Basel on Aug. 23, 2019. (AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)Over the past three years, Japanese badminton players, specifically in the women's doubles category, enjoyed their hard-earned credibility as the real threats on the world stage. In the current landscape, however, they have started to lose their domination as their competitors seem to be finding ways to decode the previously winning Japanese strategies.Japanese women's doubles rose to the top after Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi won the 2016 Olympic Games gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Ever since, Japanese players have seemed to find their rhythm on the world stage, toppling pre...