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Defending champions Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto have guaranteed themselves at least a bronze medal in the women’s doubles at the Badminton World Championships on Friday.

The top seeds and titleholders took the first game 22-20 and advanced to the semifinals after their opponent Koharu Yonemoto injured her left ankle midway through the quarterfinal match. Yonemoto and Shiho Tanaka retired at 3-3 in the second game.

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