South Korea's An Se-young hits a return against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi Photo: AFP

Badminton No. 1 Yamaguchi beaten again as Japan bows out


World number one Akane Yamaguchi suffered a second defeat in three days at the Thomas and Uber Cup Finals in Thailand on Friday as Japan were dumped out in the semi-finals by South Korea.

An Se-young's battling win over Yamaguchi set the Koreans on their way to a 3-0 victory and a place in Saturday's final of the women's team championships against China.

Holders China defeated hosts Thailand by the same 3-0 scoreline in Bangkok in the other semi-final.

Cheered on by her Japanese team-mates whacking drums and shaking tambourines, world champion Yamaguchi dominated the first game 21-15 against the world number four An.

She also looked in control early in the second game, but the 20-year-old An was able to turn around a six-point deficit.

A spate of unforced errors from Yamaguchi also contributed to An's change of fortune as she won the second game 21-18.

Yamaguchi carved out a five-point lead in the deciding game but a seven-point run from An saw Yamaguchi's frustrations grow.

An epic 44-shot rally took its toll on the Japanese as An levelled the scores at 18-18.

Two critical errors from Yamaguchi saw the youngster gain the upper hand and then seal the match 21-18, before lying on the floor screaming in delight.

"During the game I tried to increase the speed of the shuttle but... I would lose control, it caused many mistakes," Yamaguchi told reporters.

On Wednesday, Yamaguchi suffered a shock loss to Bilqis Prasista, a teenage Indonesian rookie ranked 333rd in the world.

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More badminton on TV please

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More badminton on TV please

More live pro sports on TV in general. Better than the usual drivel they show.

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More live pro sports on TV in general. Better than the usual drivel they show.

There's quite a bit of live sports on J-TV. But, most of it is on the BS satellite channels. And, a lot is on premium services that require subscription, such as J-Sport and WoWow. There is still quite a bit on the free channels, though, including baseball, golf, sumo, soccer, rugby, tennis, pingpong, ice hockey, and...badminton.

Just go to any online TV Guide site, and filter for Sports, if the guide built into your TV doesn't have that capability.

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There must be a good (natural) reason for that bad performance.

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Badminton is on almost every day on J-Com's Sky Sports channels.

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