In the women's team of TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2018, after two days match, Japan is the first team to qualify for the knockout stage. By defeating two opponents, with both scoreline 5-0, not losing any game.
The highlight is a 10-0 victory in two matches, against Australia on the first day and defeated Canada today. Japan National Team demonstrates the well prepared and potential of their players through the total of 10 players who comes to Thailand, which includes four singles and three pairs of double players.
On the first day of the match, Japan selected Akane YAMAGUCHI as the women's first single and she defeated Australia's Hsuan-Yu Wendy CHEN but a bit more effort needed to put in for the 24-22, 21-19 win.
Then there is the first women's double leads by Yuki FUKUSHIMA - Sayaka HIROTA ranked second in the world, beaten Gronya SOMERVILLE - Renuga VEERAN with 21-9, 21-8.
Nozomi OKUHARA who is the recent world champion, defeated Louisa MA without any hiccups by 21-6, 21-6.
Misaki MATSUTOMO - Ayaka TAKAHASHI women's double Olympic champion, only use 18 minutes to defeat Lee Yen KHOO - Ann-Louise SLEE, 21-3, 21-4
Sayaka SATO beats Lauren LIM 21-9, 21-6 1 on the first day match.
This morning (May 21st), the Japanese women's team compete on their second match, meeting Canada, who beats India 4-1 the day before. Akane YAMAGUCHI, the first Japanese girl to be the world's number one ranked was rested for the match against Canada. So the Japan's first single represented by Nozomi OKUHARA, the current world champion, doesn't disappoints the crowd by defeating Michelle LI 21-16, 21-17.
First women's double is still yuki fukushima - sayaka hirota who continues to show that they are on good form to overcome rachel honderich - kristen tsai 21-14, 21-9
Second women's single is sayaka sato who wins against brittney tam 21-14, 21-14
Japan fields their new pair for second women's double. By resting the Olympic champion, their place are filled by shiho tanaka - koharu yonemoto who won over anne-julie beaulieu - stephanie pakenham 21-5, 21-13
Last but not least, the third women's single, sayaka takahashi was assigned and she did well to overcome catherine choi 21-10, 21-11.
This big victory guarantees Japan through to the knockout stage and as a warning for other teams that they are ready to be champion. It's a long wait for Japan to lift the cup again because the last time they won the Cup was on year 1981, where the competition is held in Tokyo.