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Yuki Fukushima (福島由紀) and Sayaka Hirota (廣田彩花)

Discussion in 'Japan Professional Players' started by GingerCorslette, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. GingerCorslette

    GingerCorslette Regular Member

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    No thread for this pair yet, surprisingly.

    They first gained widespread attention after winning in Malaysia this year where they beat CQC/JYF and MM/AT; even more upon reaching the WC final and winning silver. More likely they will be the second pair to go to the next Olympics for Japan. They currently lead H2H over compatriots MM/AT.

    What are they preferred attacking positions? From watching I can say Sayaka could be the backcourt player, although Yuki has a stronger smash.

    Their style mostly revolves on defense and patience, always waiting for the right moment to attack, just like the old WD days... Expect long rallies with this pair as well. I guess it's safe to critic that they've to improve on creative shots, as right now they beat higher-ranked opponents by outlasting them. Much like SJH in WS.

    Lastly, Yuki has this slightly cute mannerism of grimacing, showing bared teeth. Win or lose the point, she does it. IDK, I just find that cute. Keep an eye on that. :D
     
  2. SolsticeOfLight

    SolsticeOfLight Regular Member

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    I wouldn't say Sayaka is the backcourt player; she's much more insistent on going forwards to the net than Yuki is. It's not uncommon that the harder smasher is not actually the backcourt player (they have less accuracy or pull themselves out of position more or make more mistakes or some other reason - think of Shin SeungChan as an example).

    What confuses me a little is that the Japanese never switch partners.
     
  3. GingerCorslette

    GingerCorslette Regular Member

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    Oh yes, I remember Yuki playing with a different partner for a period last year. Then there was a final when she and Sayaka faced each other (WD) with different partners. I think Sayaka and partner won.

    Worth noting that Yuki was a singles player too.
     
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    This pair play very well and have a good vibe about them. They visually support each other on court and seem to enjoy their badminton rather than just giving in to the pressure and not letting their personalities show.

    It's good to see!

    Also like that Fukushima, as petite as she is, is hammering away and returning high with the sledgehammer that is the VT80 Etune. :)
     
  5. Cunning Linguist

    Cunning Linguist Regular Member

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    Yes, I think this was about getting the young team mates some ranking points. Their team, Saishunkan Kumamoto, acquired 4 young doubles players in the past two years and I think they wanted to promote them. Yuki played with Chiharu Shida while Sayaka played with Nao Ono iirc.
    In the long term, the plan is clearly to have pairings of Shida/Matsuyama and Ono/Imai, though the latter is not particularly good.
    For Shida/Matsuyama, you might already open another thread. ;)
    http://www.saishunkan-badminton.jp/archives/member
     
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    The way that Fukushima and Hirota have played themselves from rank 24 in the world in february to #5 now, have become vice world champions and #2 in Destination Dubai rankings, is just out of this world good. Not once did they have an easy draw, they always came in as unseeded or very low seeded, had to face the very best opposition at the tournaments and just went ahead and beat them. And in the instances they didn't beat them, at least they put up a big fight.
    I admit I'm quite the fanboy when it comes to the Kumamoto ladies, but I don't feel like a fool when I say that they've been the players of 2017 so far. Well ahead of even Okuhara, Kidambi or CYF, simply because of the quality that was put in front of them all year and the consistency in which they delt with said opposition. Just take a look at their record against top pairs in 2017:

    3-1 vs Chang Ye Na/Lee So Hee
    1-2 vs Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan
    1-1 vs Fukuman/Yonao
    3-0 vs Huang Dongping/Li Yinhui
    2-0 vs Huang Yaqiong/Tang Jinhua
    1-0 vs Huang Yaqiong/Yu Xiaohan
    1-1 vs Rytter Juhl/Pedersen
    2-0 vs Matsutomo/Takahashi

    Once again, starting from 24 in the world. Absolutely bananas.
    Edit: And now I do actually feel like a fool because I forgot TTY. She's obviously still far and away the best player of the year.
     
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    Badminton Unlimited 2017 | Episode 199 : Yuki Fukushima & Sayaka Hirota - Women’s Doubles (Japan)

    Japan’s second ranked pair, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota impressed at the recent TOTAL BWF World Championships and bettered their high-flying compatriots by winning silver in Glasgow.

     
  8. GingerCorslette

    GingerCorslette Regular Member

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    My birds are currently underperforming! Are they on the ongoing Japan Championships?
     
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    Yup! They actually won the title!! Hope they take it in Dubai as well!
     
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    Good news to go with KM situation. Did they happen to face the OG champions enroute, and who did they face in the finals?

    Congrats to the girls!
     
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    They beat them in the final.

    #Tapatalk
     
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    Oh, really. Thanks for the info. Did y'all happen to know any replay links for the match? :D
     
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    Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota vs Ayaka Takahashi/Misaki Matsutomo : 21-14, 21-18

    Fukushima/Hirota have got their first ever title at All Japan Championships

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    Am I the only one reminded of Maeda when I see her?
     
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    Two trophies?

    BTW, that's the same old ubiquitous Yuki grin :D
    Win a point, lose a point... :D
     
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    So this is a little clip I found in YT of the final. It looks like the last few points of the match.



    Yuki is indeed, the harder smasher, as far as the clip goes.
     
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    [​IMG]

    The second half of the year was not as stellar as the first, but wow, most improved indeed. Winning the National Championships (straight games against Tanaka/Yonemoto and Takamatsu) should give them a confidence boost for Dubai. Let's hope they'll go far and crown an already splendid year.
     

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