Badminton player Tago reaches All England Open semis

Kyodo News

Kenichi Tago became the first Japanese player in 40 years to reach the men’s singles semifinals at the All England Open Badminton Championships in Birmingham, England, on Friday, beating Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Chen Jin of China 2-1.

The 20-year-old Tago is the first to make the final four since Ippei Kojima took third at the 1970 tournament, a meet which once decided the world’s best, according to badminton officials.

Tago won the last six points of the final game for a 22-20, 19-21, 21-13 victory.