Rich Haul for Japan – Denmark Para Badminton: Review

Rich Haul for Japan – Denmark Para Badminton: Review
Ayako Suzuki won seven gold medals last year.

Japan dominated the VICTOR Denmark Para Badminton tournament presented by DANISA, with four of their players capturing a double.

Ayako Suzuki captured the women’s singles Standing Upper (SU5) title after compatriot Mamiko Toyoda conceded a walkover in the final.

Suzuki later paired up with Noriko Ito for the women’s doubles (SL3 – SU5), where they beat another Japanese pair, Kaede Kameyama/Asami Yamada, 21-11 21-13.

Japan were particularly dominant in the wheelchair (WH) categories.

Daiki Kajiwara took home the men’s singles WH2 title beating Germany’s Rick Cornell Hellman, 21-9 21-9. Kajiwara and Hiroshi Murayama paired up for the WH1 – WH2 doubles and they got the better of Germany’s Young-Chin Mi and Thomas Wandschneider in straight games.

Yuma Yamazaki beat Rie Ogura in an all-Japanese final of the women’s singles WH2. Yamazaki and Sarina Satomi then won the women’s doubles WH1 – WH2 beating Thailand’s Sujirat Pookkham and Amnouy Wetwithan.

Pookkham had earlier captured the women’s singles WH1, beating Germany’s Valeska Knoblauch 22-20 21-8.

The only non-Japanese player to achieve a double was Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan, who won the men’s singles Standing Lower (SL4) over France’s Lucas Mazur. Setiawan returned for the men’s doubles SU5 with Suryo Nugroho; the pair were too good for India’s Chirag Baretha/Raj Kumar, 21-14 21-14.

In the Short Stature (SH6) categories, Rebecca Bedford won the mixed doubles (with Scotland’s Robert Laing) and was runner-up to Poland’s Oliwia Szmigiel in the singles. Bedford and Szmigiel also won the women’s doubles exhibition event.