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YONEX All England – Into the finals

21 March 2021

BIRMINGHAM, England – It’s been an eventful week at the YONEX All England. Heading into an exciting finals day that will decide who will take the title, YONEX All England 2021 Champion. 

 As Japan’s first tournament back on the international scene, they are making the most of it, dominating in each category. Cutting through the competition with ease, is men’s doubles Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe (Japan), breezing through the tournament without a single dropped game. In the finals they will face off with Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda (Japan).

 The competition this week has seen new faces but has also been missing some faces. Early in the week the Indonesian team, as well as, a Turkish player were notified by UK Government’s National Health Service (NHS) Test and Trace service that due to a COVID-19 positive passenger on the same flight, they were required to self-isolate, pulling them from the competition. This was a huge blow to the tournament, as it lost top athletes, world no1. men’s doubles Kevin S. Sukamuljo and Marcus F. Gideon (Indonesia) along with Fajar Alfian and Rian Ardianto (Indonesia). Despite this heartbreaking incident, athletes are giving it their all to make this tournament one for the books.

Yonex athletes and Team Japan advancing to the finals include; men’s singles Viktor Axelsen (Denmark); women’s singles Nozomi Okuhara (Japan); men’s doubles, Hiroyuki Endo, Yuta Watanabe, Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda (Japan); women’s doubles, Yuki FukushimaSayaka HirotaMayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara (Japan); mixed doubles, Yuki Kaneko, Mayu Matsumoto, Arisa Higashino and Yuta Watanabe (Japan).

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