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2017 Sudirman Cup - JAPAN vs MALAYSIA: 4-1


For the second time in two days, Malaysia lost its vital men's doubles match when the same four personnel came to blows. Japan's Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda are exceedingly good at starting at their optimum so any uninspired opponents or fluctuations in form are easily found out.
World #6 Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong knew the correct plan but weren't able to continue procuring elevated shuttles from the Japanese enough times to win the third game too, coming off 17-21, 21-16, 11-21.
In women's singles, three time SuperSeries winner Nozomi Okuhara dispatched Soniia Cheah 21-11, 21-9. Japan's world #61 Kenta Nishimoto lasted longer than his 15-21, 13-21 score suggests. It went on for 45 minutes because Nishimoto managed to address most of the signature forehand off-cross court smashes unlike recent opponents of the three times Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei.
The heavy lifting left for Malaysia's women's doubles Vivian Hoo / Woon Khe Wei was too much to bear. World #1 and Rio Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo / Ayaka Takahashi are clearly peaking at the right time as no matter who took the helm of the fore or rear court they still remained in absolute command, 21-7, 21-14.

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