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World No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi suffered an upset defeat to 32nd-ranked Yeo Jia-min of Singapore 2-0 in the second round of the women’s singles at the badminton world championships on Tuesday.

Playing in her opening match, Yamaguchi, who is recovering from a lower back injury, struggled to get the shuttle consistently over the net and keep it inside the boundary lines at St. Jakobshalle, eventually going down 21-14, 21-18 in just 40 minutes.

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