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Discussion in 'Japan Professional Players' started by gaDEfan, May 6, 2007.
Unfortunately, it looks like that is not going to happen anymore.
With the postponement of the India Open, it appears that Tsuneyama's position as Japan's MS2 in the Olympic Race has been cemented. There are simply not enough tournaments left for Nishimoto to make up the points.
I'm afraid of no Olympic this year.
The Japan Ranking Circuit (National Team B+; top 32 players in each category, excluding National Team A) will be held on May 29-June 2. The draw was published today, and can be accessed at https://www.badminton.or.jp/ranking/circuit/2021/docs/combination20210423.pdf. <Japanese only>
As far as Men's Singles is concerned, watch out for dark horse Tanaka Yushi. It is difficult to make predictions, but I consider Tanaka, Onodera, or maybe Shimono to have the best chance of taking the championship.
The top three seeds, Koga M., Naraoka, and Igarashi are not confidence-inspiring at the moment, ... but the latter two have comparatively straight-forward draws. Looking at the respective quarters, Naraoka's biggest obstacle is probably himself ; Igarashi, by contrast may be challenged by new kid on the block, Hatano Riku, or by former A-team veteran Sakai Kazumasa.
The left-hand side of the draw, which includes Koga, Tanaka, Shimono, and Onodera is more dynamic, and should provide some entertaining badminton.
As no spectators are allowed to enter the hall, I expect the tournament to be live-streamed. More information on that later.
Case numbers in Japan are increasing....a lot