Akane Yamaguchi races to Japan's first Asia women's title

Akane Yamaguchi wrapped up the match in straight games and in 42 minutes.

Akane Yamaguchi secured a straight-games win over He Bingjiao.   -  AFP

Akane Yamaguchi became the first Japanese to win the Badminton Asia Championships women's title on Sunday with an emphatic victory over China's He Bingjiao.

The third seed, a silver medallist two years ago, comfortably defeated fifth-seeded He 21-19, 21-9 in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

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The 21-year-old Yamaguchi, a former world number one, raced out of the blocks in both games against her stunned opponent, who is a year older.

Yamaguchi went 12-2 up in the first game and was ahead 11-1 in the second on the way to the title in just 42 one-sided minutes.

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