Step by Step

Runner-up, Yu & Rie (photo by Tri-Pan)





一方、USオープンGPゴールドの男子ダブルスで優勝した台湾のファン・チーミン リー・ シェンム組は、シンガポールオープンSS、インドネシアオープンSS、カナダオープンGPに続く4連覇の偉業を達成。世界ランクも8位まで駆け上がり、今後の活躍に注目が集まる

US Open Grand Prix(GP) Gold women’s doubles final, Yu WAKITA/Rie ETO of Japan (World Ranking No.26) challenged to Taiwanese pair, CHENG Wen Hsing/CHIEN Yu Chin (WR No.4) , who beat them in the semi finals of Canada Open GP last week

After losing the 1st game quite easily (8-21), Japanese pair fought back in the 2nd.  The score moved to 19-19 then Taiwanese grabbed the match point.  However Yu and Rie never gave up and leveled the score 20-20 once again. In the end, they were defeated 20-22 though

Yu and Rie belong to Tricky Pandas (Tri-Pan), the first ever club team in the badminton league of Japan. In last 3 weeks, they participated three consecutive international tournaments named Malaysian Open GP Gold, Canada Open GP and US Open GP Gold and reached Quarter-Finalist, Semi-Finalist and The 1st runner-up respectively

Yu and Rie are aiming for higher ranking of the world. However, under current regulation of Nippon Badminton Association (NBA), they are not allowed to participate in any of 12 Super Series (SS) tournaments including upcoming Yonex Open Japan, since they are not member of National Team of Japan

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