National shuttler Yeo Jia Min got off to a rough start in her Badminton World Federation World Tour Finals debut when she was beaten 21-11, 21-14 by Japan’s world No. 3 Akane Yamaguchi in 34 minutes yesterday.
In their women’s singles Group B opener in Bali, the Japanese displayed more precise shuttle control from the beginning to put Yeo on the back foot, and never eased up against her 17th-ranked opponent to extend her head-to-head record against the Singaporean to 4-1.
In the other Group B match, South Korea’s world No. 6 An Seyoung similarly eased to a 21-16, 21-5 win over Thailand’s world No. 12 Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
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