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Badminton Pair Nagahara Wakana and Matsumoto Mayu Use Their Height to Reach for Gold

Badminton Pair Nagahara Wakana and Matsumoto Mayu Use Their Height to Reach for Gold

Japan’s badminton longs for Olympic magnificence worked out interestingly at the 2012 London games, when Fujii Mizuki and Kakiiwa Reika took silver, breaking the ground for Japan’s competitors to sparkle at worldwide competitions. Presently assumptions are high for both the people’s groups to take Tokyo awards. The purported Naga-Matsu pair of Nagahara Wakana and Matsumoto Mayu, who won the Badminton World Championships in 2018 and 2019, may have the most obvious opportunity at gold.

A Cinderella Story

Nagahara Wakana and Matsumoto Mayu were both brought into the world in Hokkaidō, and each got badminton locally as a youngster. Nagahara is currently 24 years of age, and Matsumoto 25, yet Nagahara’s birthdate placed her in a similar grade in school as Matsumoto. Subsequent to moving on from secondary school in 2014, both started working at Hokuto Bank in Akita Prefecture. That was the place where they at long last collaborated.

They shaped a couple in the wake of joining their new organization, and gradually started piling up competition wins. They set third in the All Japan Badminton Championships in 2017, and were chosen for the Japan National A Team the next year. Despite the fact that they were then individuals from the most elevated classification in the game, they kept on playing catchup to partners Matsutomo Misaki and Takahashi Ayaka—popular as the “Taka-Matsu pair”— who took gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.

Be that as it may, the Cinderella story began before long.

At the 2018 World Championships, Nagahara and Matsumoto didn’t at first qualify, yet were elevated to be the fourth Japanese pair in the competition when a group from another nation pulled out. They then, at that point dug out from a deficit to win their initial two matches, and when they confronted Takahashi and Matsutomo in the third round, won 2–0 in straight sets.

Greatest Rivals Are Japanese Teammates

Their energy was relentless. Subsequent to winning the quarterfinals and elimination rounds, they confronted Fukushima Yuki and Hirota Sayaka in the last. That pair had won silver at the earlier year’s World Championships, and Nagahara and Matsumoto had confronted them multiple times before without a solitary triumph. They didn’t let that keep them down, however, and took the title with a 2–1 triumph. It was the main Women’s Doubles World Championship for Japan in 41 years.

The triumph was no accident. They won the big showdown again the next year, and afterward the March 2021 All England Open. Winning these sorts of competitions, with many years of custom and a solid standing for facilitating the world’s top players, has gigantic importance.

A-list Potential in Full Bloom

The pair currently stands undisputed at the pinnacle of the world rankings. Everything considered, their abrupt jump to the top was no mishap, however.

They had first matched up in their bank group on the grounds that their mentor at the time perceived the potential in their statures. Nagahara is 170 centimeters tall, and Matsumoto 177. Assembling them would make a group of uncommon stature in Japan’s ladies’ badminton, and he detected the conceivable outcomes that may open up. His judgment has been demonstrated sound by the pair’s forceful utilization of their stature in incredible descending crushes, which have served them well at the worldwide level.

Their matching enjoys uncovered different benefits, also. Nagahara has a cautious, key perspective, while Matsumoto brings fast moving assurance. That difference makes a collaboration in their games that further fortifies them collectively.

In the impending games they are set to confront solid adversaries from China and South Korea, and obviously Fukushima and Hirota too. Resolute by the test, the Naga-Matsu pair is prepared to take the court with dreams of Olympic gold sparkling in their eyes.

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