Mitani advances to semifinals at badminton worlds

Kyodo

Minatsu Mitani on Friday advanced to the semifinals of the women’s singles at the World Badminton Championships.

By reaching the semifinals. Mitani assured herself of at least winning a bronze medal, and becomes the first Japanese woman to win a singles medal at the worlds in 37 years. The 22-year-old Mitani, the 16th seed, defeated South Korean fifth seed Sung Ji-hyun 9-21, 21-18, 22-20 in 1 hour, 5 minutes.

Mitani will face top seed Li Xuerui of China in the semifinals.