Kuniwa suffered a heavy blow of 1 win and 5 losses! Only Li Shifeng reached the top 4 of the men's singles alone, and the newcomer defeated the entire Japanese army
In the early morning of July 8, the 2023 BWF Tour Super 500 Canadian Open began its 1/4 final competition, and Guoyu suffered heavy losses in six matches in four individual events, and only Li Shifeng won the men's singles and reached the top 4 alone. The pairs, including Lei Lanxi, Gao Fangjie and three young doubles pairs, all lost out, three of which were lost to Japanese players. In the semifinals, Li Shifeng will meet Japan's new brother Naraoka Kōdai to compete for the final qualification.
In this Canadian Open, Guoyu sent a lineup dominated by young rookie players in order to train the echelon. In the face of other opponents, most of whom are the main team, the national badminton players have fallen behind on the road to promotion. In the quarter-finals, Kokuba occupies only six spots, with four of the six foreign matches against Japan and two against India and Thailand.
In the men's singles competition, Li Shifeng and Lei Lanxi played hand in hand, both facing Japanese players. Li Shifeng played against Watanabe Hanggui, Li Shifeng lost the first game 15-21, won the second game 23-21, and won the tiebreaker 21-12, thus reversing the score 2-1. Lei Lanxi faced Japan's brother Naraoka, and also fought hard for three games, but in the end, 18-21, 21-18, 14-21, failed to achieve a reversal, and lost 1-2. In the semifinals, Li Shifeng will face off against Naraoka.
In the women's singles, Gao Fangjie once again faced Sindhu, an Indian sister, and although Gao Fangjie won all the victories in the past three meetings, this time Sindhu was in excellent form, and finally achieved revenge easily 21-13, 21-7. At this point, the women's singles of the national badminton are all out. Sindhu will compete with world number one Akane Yamaguchi in the semifinals, and in the other semifinal, due to the withdrawal of Thai sister Indanon from the competition, American Zhang Beiwen won without a fight and directly advanced to the final.
In the women's doubles, the two newcomer pairs of Guoyu failed to achieve a breakthrough when facing world masters. Li Yijing/Luo Xumin faced Thailand's top women's doubles Zong Gongpan/Ravinda, losing 14-21, 19-21; Liu Shengshu/Tan Ning faced the Japanese world champion pair Mayu Matsumoto/Nagahara and Kana, losing 18-21, 20-22. In mixed doubles, Cheng Xing/Chen Fanghui faced the Japanese pair Kyohei Yamashita/Naniru Shinoya, losing 12-21, 19-21, and the national doubles combination was completely wiped out.