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Akane Yamaguchi will be ranked No. 1 in the world in the women’s singles badminton rankings in the next official rankings, an informed source said Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Yamaguchi, who reached the quarterfinals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, will become the first Japanese to stand atop the world badminton singles rankings. Yamaguchi followed her first badminton Superseries Finals victory last year with strong performances in March.

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