RUSSIA OPEN 2013 – And Aya makes six!

Aya Ohori won the Russia Open to become the sixth of the current junior women’s singles shuttlers to win a major title on the senior circuit. Photos: Badmintonphoto (archives) First […]

Aya Ohori won the Russia Open to become the sixth of the current women’s singles shuttlers to win a major title on the senior circuit.

Photos: Badmintonphoto (archives)

First it was Ratchanok Intanon winning the 2010 Vietnam Open at age 15.  Next came her compatriot Busanan Ongbamrungphan, who made the 2012 Malaysia Gold her first major title.  Nozomi Okuhara won the Canada Open the same year and then this year, the number doubled as P. V. Sindhu won the Malaysia GPG title and then just last weekend Akane Yamaguchi outdid them all by winning a title at age 16.

Today, it was the turn of reigning Asian Junior Champion Aya Ohori (pictured above).  She travelled north to Vladivostok this week to romp through the field of Russians, finishing with a trouncing of third-seeded Ksenia Polikarpova in the final to take her first Grand Prix title.

The remaining four titles all stay in Russia, including two doubles crowns for Ivan Sozonov (pictured).  Sozonov’s men’s doubles partner Vladimir Ivanov also shut down Ohori’s compatriot Kenta Nishimoto in the men’s singles final. Nishimoto had his own little romp through a more multinational field in the men’s singles and upset three seeds before losing to the towering Russian in three games in the final.

Final results
XD: Ivan Sozonov / Tatjana Bibik (RUS) beat Vitalij Durkin / Nina Vislova (RUS) [1]  21-17, 24-22
WS: Aya Ohori (JPN) [4] beat Ksenia Polikarpova (RUS) [3]  21-5, 21-10
MS: Vladimir Ivanov (RUS) [1] beat Kenta Nishimoto (JPN)  21-17, 15-21, 21-14
WD: Anastasia Chervaykova / Nina Vislova (RUS) beat Irina Khlebko / Ksenia Polikarpova (RUS) [1]  21-16, 21-18
MD: Vladimir Ivanov / Ivan Sozonov (RUS) [1] beat Andrej Ashmarin / Vitalij Durkin (RUS)  21-16 21-19

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