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Minatsu Mitani fell in the semifinals on Saturday at the World Badminton Championships, losing in straight sets to top seed Li Xuerui of China.

As a beaten semifinalist, Mitani earned a bronze medal, the first in singles for a Japanese woman at the worlds in 37 years since Hiroe Yuki’s bronze. Mitani lost to London Olympic champion Li 21-8, 21-14 in 31 minutes.

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