Nguyễn Thùy Linh Falls to Japanese Badminton Prodigy at Singapore Open 2024

Conor Hudson

Fri May 31 2024

Nguyễn Thùy Linh
Tomoka Miyazaki
Singapore Open 2024
Vietnamese sports
rising stars

Following her disappointing performance at the Malaysia Masters 2024, Vietnamese women's badminton star Nguyễn Thùy Linh faced another setback at the Singapore Open 2024. She was defeated by the emerging Japanese talent, 17-year-old Tomoka Miyazaki, in a match that took place on May 29, 2024.

In the first round of the women's singles event, Nguyễn Thùy Linh struggled against the 24th-ranked player in the world, Tomoka Miyazaki. Despite her efforts to narrow the gap, Nguyễn Thùy Linh succumbed to a 13-21, 15-21 loss to the young Japanese sensation. Miyazaki showcased her prowess by effortlessly claiming victory and securing a match against her compatriot, Akane Yamaguchi, in the subsequent round.

The match witnessed Miyazaki taking a commanding lead, winning the first six points consecutively. Nguyễn Thùy Linh attempted to stage a comeback but could only manage to reduce the deficit to two points, trailing 8-10. Miyazaki regained control and cruised to a 21-13 triumph in the first game.

Despite a valiant effort to turn the tide in the second game, Nguyễn Thùy Linh found herself constantly chasing Miyazaki, who extended her lead to 14-7 with an impressive five-point streak. The gap proved insurmountable as Miyazaki sealed the victory with a final score of 21-15, ending Nguyễn Thùy Linh's campaign at the Singapore Open.

Tomoka Miyazaki has emerged as a standout figure in Japanese badminton. Born in 2006, she embarked on her professional career in 2022 and quickly made a name for herself by winning the World Junior Championships in Spain during her first year of high school. With achievements such as claiming the Orleans Masters Super 300 title, Miyazaki has established herself as a promising talent in the sport and a rising star within the Japanese badminton scene.

Nguyễn Thùy Linh's defeat against Tomoka Miyazaki highlights the formidable skills possessed by the young Japanese player. While Nguyễn Thùy Linh faces a setback, Miyazaki's stellar performance at the Singapore Open reinforces her status as a future force to be reckoned with in international badminton.