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Local girls Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara in Japan Open final

Local star Akane Yamaguchi beat former world number one Wang Shixian of China in the Japan Open Saturday, setting the stage for an all-Japan women`s singles final on Sunday.

Local girls Akane Yamaguchi, Nozomi Okuhara in Japan Open final

Tokyo: Local star Akane Yamaguchi beat former world number one Wang Shixian of China in the Japan Open Saturday, setting the stage for an all-Japan women`s singles final on Sunday.

Yamaguchi, who ousted London Olympic gold medallist China`s Li Xuerui from the tournament the previous day, defeated seventh-seeded Wang 21-12, 15-21, 26-24 in the seesaw semi-final.

Yamaguchi, also the winner of the Japan Open in 2013, will now face Japan`s Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday, who downed Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan 21-12, 14-21, 21-19 in the semi-final on Saturday.

In the men`s singles field, two-time Olympic gold-medallist and five-time world champion Lin Dan swept aside Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 21-17, 21-17 in the semi-final.

Lin will run into the final against Viktor Axelsen of Denmark, who beat Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 21-19, 21-13 in the semi-final.

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