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    Thumbs up Nozomi Okuhara: The new rising star in Japan

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    This is the interview of the final. But what I mean is the interview of semi-final by phil-mm.
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    Miyuki Komiya posted this in Badzine on 12-Dec-2011;

    The All Japan Badminton tournament was held from Dec 6th to 11th at Yoyogi Stadium N2 in Tokyo, and saw an unexpected victory from the new rising star in Japan: Nozomi Okuhara.

    An unexpected player who had already made a name for herself this year in the Austrian International, Canada Open, and the World Junior Championships, Nozomi Okuhara got her first national title in women’s singles on Sunday. She beat national team veterans Sayaka Sato in quarter-final and Minatsu Mitani in the semi-final.

    Okuhara then grabbed the title without playing the final match because All England runner-up Eriko Hirose had to withdraw because of an injury.

    I didn’t expect that I would win the title. I entered this big tournament for the first time 3 years ago. I lost in first round then and watched the tournament as a spectator. I knew how hard it would be to be a winner in this tournament. So I didn’t expect to win one day here,” she said in a post-match interview. “I am not tall. So I let small players know that you have chance to get a win if you train hard.

    Read more: http://www.badzine.net/news/all-japa...n-title/17807/
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    yes, i read that half an hour ago. But according to my source, Eriko had acute gastroenteritis on the final day not injury.

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    Arrow Eriko had acute gastroenteritis on the final day

    Quote Originally Posted by suetyan View Post
    yes, i read that half an hour ago. But according to my source, Eriko had acute gastroenteritis on the final day not injury.
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    Yes, the article from The Japan Times also mentioned that the five-time winner Eriko Hirose withdrew about 10 minutes before the women's singles final due to acute gastroenteritis.

    Read more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20111212a1.html
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    Here is coverage that Nozomi deserves.

    The 65th All Japan Badminton Championships.

    Round of 32. Yuki Fukushima:





    Round of 16. Shizuka Uchida:





    Quarter-Finals. Sayaka Sato:





    Semi-Finals. Minatsu Mitani:






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    Quote Originally Posted by phil-mm View Post
    Here is coverage that Nozomi deserves.

    The 65th All Japan Badminton Championships.

    Round of 32. Yuki Fukushima:





    Round of 16. Shizuka Uchida:





    Quarter-Finals. Sayaka Sato:





    Semi-Finals. Minatsu Mitani:





    There were these girls shouting every time Noz served. Kinda distracting to the opponent, isn't it?

    MM played a pretty passive G3, making it easy for Noz to take control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suetyan View Post
    my japanese is a limited company.
    Quote Originally Posted by suetyan View Post
    This is the interview of the final. But what I mean is the interview of semi-final by phil-mm.
    Of the 4 skills in learning a new language, that is, reading, writing, listening and speaking, listening is probably the most difficult one to master. Because the other 3 can be done at one's own time and pace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madbad View Post
    There were these girls shouting every time Noz served. Kinda distracting to the opponent, isn't it?

    MM played a pretty passive G3, making it easy for Noz to take control.
    Perhaps they are her schoolmates who could not contain their excitement when they were seeing her thrash Minatsu in the rubber. Saitama is after all just north of Tokyo and it was a weekend match. They seemed to be uttering the syllable 'no', which may be the shortened version of her name.
    Just realised that Nozomi is an extremely aggressive player. Fast and furious. Her opponents must be accumulating lactic acid just trying to return her shots. It is likely that there will be greater things to come, since she can produce such results despite making what I consider a significant number of unforced errors.

    MM has more than once appeared breathless. I seriously wonder if she is asthmatic.

    I'm surprised and dismayed that the uploader Badland Movie has cut his resolution from 1080p to 480p for the later matches. I guess he was not able to transfer his many videos into his youtube account in time and ran out of storage space. But anyway, many thanks for all his effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phil-mm View Post
    Of the 4 skills in learning a new language, that is, reading, writing, listening and speaking, listening is probably the most difficult one to master. Because the other 3 can be done at one's own time and pace.
    you are correct. I tried to learn listening from my japanese friends through skype, but it is soooo difficult. Write and read are still ok.

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    Nozomi Okuhara on the cover page of a japanese badminton magazine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suetyan View Post
    Nozomi Okuhara on the cover page of a japanese badminton magazine.
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    Hahaha...... Hope to see Nozomi on the cover of more magazines in the next 16 years (I believe it could happen).
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    Quote Originally Posted by suetyan View Post
    Nozomi Okuhara on the cover page of a japanese badminton magazine.
    That is a baby-faced baby, lol.

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    Another Nozomi, albeit of a different kind. But nonetheless, very fast too.




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    Thumbs up I believe Nozomi Okuhara can make it into the World's Top 50 positions in 2012

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    Nozomi's current BWF ranking is around 80th-90th. A year ago, she was below the 300th.

    http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/pr...D-633D35E87B4D
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    I took a look at Nozomi Okuhara's BWF Ranking today (23-Dec-2011). She is now ranked at 81st position.

    http://bwfcontent.tournamentsoftware...=473&p=2&ps=50

    After we have started this thread for Nozomi (in September 2011), she reached her highest ranking at 60th position in October 2011.

    http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/pr...D-633D35E87B4D

    Depending on Nozomi's schedule (juggling between school and Badminton), at 17 years of age next year (2012), I believe she can make it into the World's Top 50 positions without problem.
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    Nozomi makes it into the main team.

    2012member.pdf

    奥 原 希 望 - 埼 玉 県 - 県立大宮東高等学校2年
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    Thumbs up Congratulations to Nozomi Okuhara for making it into the main team !!!

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    Nozomi makes it into the main team.

    2012member.pdf

    奥 原 希 望 - 埼 玉 県 - 県立大宮東高等学校2年
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    Congratulations to Nozomi Okuhara !!!

    Let's hope to see her participating in more GP and/or SS tournaments this year (2012).
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    Thumbs up Happy Birthday to Nozomi Okuhara today !!!

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    Name: Nozomi Okuhara (奥原希望)
    Date of birth: 13 March 1995
    Place of birth: Nagano prefecture
    School: Nishinadai Junior High School (Nagano) ---> Omiyahigashi High School (Saitama)[Currently 2nd grade in high school]
    Players that she respects: Ai Goto, Kaori Mori
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    Happy Birthday to Nozomi Okuhara today !!!
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    Haha, yes. Happy birthday Noz. All of 17 yrs. One of my new breed of faves.

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