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" HULIC・DAIHATSU Japan Para-Badminton International 2017" Tournament Report

Para-Badminton, a sport that has been officially recognized as an official sport for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
Its world tournament was organized in Japan for the first time. "HULIC・DAIHATSU Japan Para-Badminton International 2017" was happening from 7th September (Thurs) to 10th September (Sun) at Machida Gymnasium in Machida, Tokyo and it saw about 200 players from 29 countries and regions from all around the world participate, where heated battles ensued as players aimed to be the best in the world.

Match Report

Amongst more than 30 Japanese players that participated, the 4 who made it through to the finals on the 10th were Daisuke FUJIHARA (SL3 Men's Singles), Tetsuo URA (SU5 Men's Singles), Yuma YAMAZAKI (WH2 Women's Singles) and Ayako SUZUKI (WH2 Women's Singles). 3 out of these 4: FUJIHARA, YAMAZAKI, and SUZUKI brilliantly emerged as the champions in this tournament.
In the SU5 (Upper Limb Impairment) class, Qiuxia Yang from China stood against SUZUKI. While SUZUKI lost her first game, she never gave up and steadily stacked point after point, bagging both the second and third game, conquering the match in the end.
In the WH2 (Wheelchair) class, YAMAZAKI, whose opponent was Amnouy Wetwithan from Thailand managed to conquer the intense match which saw all 3 games extremely closely matched. In the first game, YAMAZAKI regrettably lost after dragging the game to a 20-20 deuce. While the second and third game both went back and forth, YAMAZAKI displayed great persistence and consecutively won both games, achieving a comeback win.
The SL3 (Lower Limb Impairment) class saw a battle between Daniel Bethell from England and FUJIHARA. FUJIHARA unfortunately lost his first game, but took back the second game which was a very closely matched one that dragged till the end. With that momentum, he conquered the third game and brilliantly emerged as the first place.
URA, who made it to the finals of the SU5 (Upper Lim Impairment) class unfortunately lost to Liek Hou Cheah from Malaysian, regrettably taking the second place.

Winners' Interview

Daisuke FUJIHARA Daisuke FUJIHARA
  • Daisuke FUJIHARA
  • (LINE Corporation)
  • Class: SL3

Tell us how you felt at the very moment you won.

I felt very happy because this tournament had many players that were of a better world ranking than me. However, I believe that this is only the beginning, so I have to brace myself.

What do you personally think was "the deciding factor" that brought you your victory today?

I think it was because I managed to stay focused till the very end despite the extremely tough match. Also, it was thanks to the many people who cheered for me even during the tough situtions during the match.

Please tell us what left an impression on you throughout this tournament.

During the first round of Mix Doubles against China, the children gave a Japan cheer and that left an impression on me. In addition, after the tournament I was able to play with the legend that I aspired to become. I will never forget that in my lifetime.

Tell us about your dreams and goals for the future.

Firstly, to win the world championship happening in November and I hope to be ranked as number 1 in the world. Then, in the year 2020 at Tokyo, Japan, I hope to display the best performance.

Lastly, please send a message to the Para-Badminton fans.

For us players, the cheers of our fans really become our strength.
Towards 2020, I will be working even harder. So please give me your continued support.

Yuma YAMAZAKI Yuma YAMAZAKI
  • Yuma YAMAZAKI
  • (NTT Urban Development Corporation)
  • Class: WH2

Tell us how you felt at the very moment you won.

I was extremely happy. My opponent in the finals was the player that I had set as my goal since the first time I fought her at the world championship in 2015, so I felt that I was able to overcome a milestone.

What do you personally think was "the deciding factor" that brought you your victory today?

Being able to properly focus and play calmly. Accompanying that was the good chairwork. Finally, getting a lot of support that gave me strength.

Please tell us what left an impression on you throughout this tournament.

Receiving a lot of cheers since this tournament was the first one in Japan (at home).

Tell us about your dreams and goals for the future.

Firstly, I wish to overcome the obstacle of the best 8 at the world championship. I want to firmly gain strength, participate in the Paralympics and clinch a medal.

Lastly, please send a message to the Para-Badminton fans.

This time, I was able to win thanks to the power of your cheers. As with this time, please give me your continued support.

Ayako SUZUKI Ayako SUZUKI
  • Ayako SUZUKI
  • (The 77 Bank, Ltd.,)
  • Class: SU5

Tell us how you felt at the very moment you won.

Many people came to support at this international tournament that was held in Japan for the first time.
As I wanted to win in front of all of them, I was happy that I was able to actually win.

What do you personally think was "the deciding factor" that brought you your victory today?

Setting up a plan and executing it from the second game onwards despite losing by 8 points in the first game.

Please tell us what left an impression on you throughout this tournament.

Receiving lots of cheers in this tournament organized in Japan. Especially in the finals, while the opponent was leading initially, everyone's cheers pushed me on and I was thus able to make a comeback. I realized that this was what it's like to play at home.

Tell us about your dreams and goals for the future.

My goal this year is to be the champion for the singles category at the world championship.
Also, to defend the number 1 world ranking and then be the champion at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

Lastly, please send a message to the Para-Badminton fans.

Even within the same Badminton, there are different enjoyments to each class.
As everyone is looking ahead towards the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, please look forward to it!

10 September (Sun) Finals Match List

Category Class Name of Participant Match Details
Women's Singles SU5 Ayako SUZUKI (Japan)
[2] - [1]
Qiuxia Yang (China)
8-21
21-13
21-18
Men's Singles SL3 Daisuke FUJIHARA (Japan)
[2] - [1]
Daniel Bethell (England)
17-21
21-19
21-14
Men's Singles WH2 Kim Jung Jun(South Korea)
[2] - [0]
Ho Yuen Chan(Hong Kong)
22-20
21-13
Women's Singles SL4 Hefang Cheng(China)
[2] - [0]
Chanida Srinavakul(Thailand)
21-7
21-3
Men's Singles SS6 Jack Shephard(England)
[2] - [1]
Krysten Coombs(England)
18-21
23-21
23-21
Women's Singles SS6 Rachel Choong (England)
[2] - [0]
Maria Bartusz (Poland)
21-6
21-5
Men's Singles SU5 Liek Hou Cheah (Malaysia)
[2] - [0]
Tetsuo URA (Japan)
21-10
21-8
Exhibition:
Womes's Doubles
SS6 Maria Bartusz (Poland), Rachel Choong (England)
[2] - [0]
Kobie Jane Donovan (Australia), Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen (Denmark)
21-13
21-11
Men's Doubles SU5 Liek Hou Cheah (Malaysia), Hairol Fozi Saaba (Malaysia)
[2] - [1]
Kim Gi Yeon (South Korea), Shin Kyung Hwan (South Korea)
21-16
13-21
21-10
Men's Singles SL4 Lucas Mazur (France)
[2] - [1]
Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj (India)
21-14
14-21
21-15
Women's Singles SL3 Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar (India)
[2] - [0]
Wannaphatdee Kamtam (Thailand)
21-13
21-13
Men's Doubles SL3 - SL4 Daniel Bethell (England), Bobby Griffin (England)
[2] - [0]
Lucas Mazur (France), Mathieu Thomas (France)
21-16
21-16
Women's Doubles SL3 - SU5 Manasi Girishchandra Joshi (India), Qiuxia Yang (China)
[2] - [0]
Helle Sofie Sagoy (Norway), Katrin Seibert (Germany)
23-21
21-15
Men's Doubles SS6 Krysten Coombs (England), Jack Shepard (England)
[2] - [0]
Mark Joseph Dharmai (India), Chun Yim Wong (Hong Kong)
21-17
21-8
Mixed Doubles SL3 - SU5 Wie Ou(China), Hefang Cheng(China)
[2] - [1]
Lucas Mazur(France), Faustine Noel(France)
13-21
21-18
21-13
Women's Doubles WH1 - WH2 Sujirat Pookkham (Thailand), Amnouy Wetwithan(Thailand)
[2] - [0]
Valeska Knoblauch (Germany), Elke Rongen (Germany)
21-10
21-6
Men's Singles WH1 Lee Dong Seop (South Korea)
[2] - [0]
Jeong Jae Gun (South Korea)
21-9
21-11
Mixed Doubles WH1 - WH2 Kim Jung Jun (South Korea), Kim Seung Suk (South Korea)
[2] - [0]
Jakarin Homhaul (Thailand), Amnouy Wetwithan (Thailand)
21-15
24-22
Women's Singles WH1 Sujirat Pookkham (Thailand)
[2] -[0]
Karin Suter-Erath (Switzerland)
21-13
21-9
Men's Doubles WH1 - WH2 Kim Kyung Hoon [1] (South Korea), Lee Sam Seop (South Korea)
[2] - [1]
Choi Jung Man (South Korea), Kim Jung Jun (South Korea)
16-21
21-18
21-19
Women's Singles WH2 Yuma YAMAZAKI (Japan)
[2] - [1]
Amnouy Wetwithan (Thailand)
20-22
21-18
21-18

Venue Report

As it was the First Para-Badminton world championship to be organized in Japan, many fans came all the way to the venue for all the days. At the opening ceremony held on the 6th of September (Wed), Yuriko KOIKE, the Governor of Tokyo graced us with her presence as a guest. We appealed to the world that this was an important tournament preceding the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.
In the gymnasium, Daihatsu, the sponsor for this tournament set up a special booth. There, support such as the distribution of specially made fans to the audiences were carried out. These were done to support the cheering by the audiences. In addition, Daihatsu's efforts towards wellbeing and welfare was introduced through display panels that depicted the efforts made towards the welfare in the office and stores and the exhibition of the welfare cars that were built with Daihatsu's cars as its base.

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