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Japan’s top seeds Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi overcame some early nerves to claim a 2-0 win Thursday in the Rio Games women’s badminton doubles.

Making their Olympic debut, Matsutomo and Takahashi defeated India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa 21-15, 21-10 in their Group A opener.

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