Wakana Nagahara
永原 和可那
Personal information
CountryJapan
Born (1996-01-09) 9 January 1996 (age 26)
Hokkaido, Japan
ResidenceAkita, Akita, Japan
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
HandednessRight
Women's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking1 (WD 30 April 2019)
19 (XD 9 July 2019)
Current ranking5 (WD), 35 (XD) (18 January 2022)
BWF profile

Wakana Nagahara (永原 和可那, Nagahara Wakana, born 9 January 1996) is a Japanese badminton player.[1] She is a two-time world champion in the women's doubles. Nagahara attended Aomori Yamada High School, and was part of the Japanese national junior team that won the bronze medals at the 2013, 2014 Asian and 2014 World Junior Championships. She won her first senior international title at the 2014 Smiling Fish International in the women's doubles event partnered with Mayu Matsumoto.[2] In national events, she plays for the Hokuto Bank team.[3] Nagahara was awarded as the 2018 Most Improved Player of the Year by the BWF together with her partner Mayu Matsumoto. They obtained the honour after winning the 2018 BWF World Championships title and improving their ranking from 14 to 3 in the world.[4] On 30 April 2019, she reached a career high as the women's doubles world No. 1.

Career

2021

In March, Nagahara and her partner Mayu Matsumoto won their first World Tour Super 1000 title in the All England Open defeating their compatriots, the defending champion, and current world number 1, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in the final.[5] She competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics partnering Matsumoto as 3rd seeds, and her pace was stopped by Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong of South Korea in the quarter-finals.[6]

Achievements

BWF World Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park, Nanjing, China Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuki Fukushima
Japan Sayaka Hirota
19–21, 21–19, 22–20
Gold
Gold
2019 St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuki Fukushima
Japan Sayaka Hirota
21–11, 20–22, 23–21
Gold
Gold
2021 Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín, Huelva, Spain Japan Mayu Matsumoto China Chen Qingchen
China Jia Yifan
15–21, 12–21
Bronze
Bronze

Asian Championships

Women's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium, Wuhan, China Japan Mayu Matsumoto China Chen Qingchen
China Jia Yifan
21–19, 14–21, 19–21
Silver
Silver

BWF World Tour (4 titles, 7 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[7] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[8]

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuki Fukushima
Japan Sayaka Hirota
14–21, 21–16, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Spain Masters Super 300 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Ayako Sakuramoto
Japan Yukiko Takahata
21–17, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 China Open Super 1000 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Misaki Matsutomo
Japan Ayaka Takahashi
16–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 French Open Super 750 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Bulgaria Gabriela Stoeva
Bulgaria Stefani Stoeva
21–14, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Fuzhou China Open Super 750 Japan Mayu Matsumoto South Korea Lee So-hee
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
21-23, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Mayu Matsumoto China Chen Qingchen
China Jia Yifan
21–18, 20–22, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Singapore Open Super 500 Japan Mayu Matsumoto South Korea Kim Hye-jeong
South Korea Kong Hee-yong
21–17, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Japan Open Super 750 Japan Mayu Matsumoto South Korea Kim So-yeong
South Korea Kong Hee-yong
12–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Japan Mayu Matsumoto China Chen Qingchen
China Jia Yifan
14–21, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 Denmark Open Super 750 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuki Fukushima
Japan Sayaka Hirota
10–21, 21–16, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuki Fukushima
Japan Sayaka Hirota
21–18, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 Thailand Open Super 500 Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Nami Matsuyama
Japan Chiharu Shida
–, –

BWF Grand Prix (2 titles, 4 runners-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Russian Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Yuriko Miki
Japan Koharu Yonemoto
17–21, 7–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 U.S. Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Shiho Tanaka
Japan Koharu Yonemoto
22–20, 15–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Thailand Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto Thailand Puttita Supajirakul
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
12–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Canada Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto Japan Chisato Hoshi
Japan Naru Shinoya
21–16, 16–21, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 U.S. Open Japan Mayu Matsumoto South Korea Lee So-hee
South Korea Shin Seung-chan
16–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 U.S. Open Japan Yugo Kobayashi Poland Robert Mateusiak
Poland Nadieżda Zięba
21–16, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title)

Women's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Smiling Fish International Japan Mayu Matsumoto Thailand Pacharapun Chochuwong
Thailand Chanisa Teachavorasinskun
21–17, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

Performance timeline

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A G S B NH N/A DNQ
(W) won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable; (DNQ) did not qualify.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

National team

Team events 2013 2014
Asian Junior Championships B B
World Junior Championships 4th B
Team events 2019 2020 2021 2022
Asia Team Championships NH G NH A
Uber Cup NH A NH B
Sudirman Cup S NH DNP NH

Individual competitions

Senior level

Women's doubles
Events 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Asian Championships A S NH A
World Championships G G NH B
Olympic Games NH QF NH
Tournament BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour Best
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Spain Masters NH W A NH W ('18)
German Open A 2R SF NH w/d SF ('19)
All England Open A SF F QF W w/d W ('21)
Korea Open A QF QF 2R NH A QF ('17, '18)
Korea Masters A QF A NH A QF ('16)
Thailand Open NH A F A QF QF w/d NH Q F ('16)
w/d
Indonesia Masters A NH A SF 2R A SF ('19)
Indonesia Open A F QF NH A Q F ('18)
Malaysia Open A QF QF NH QF ('18, '19)
Malaysia Masters A 1R A SF w/d NH SF ('19)
Singapore Open A W NH W ('19)
Chinese Taipei Open 2R 1R A SF A NH SF ('17)
Japan Open A 1R 1R 1R QF F NH F ('19)
Canada Open A QF A W A NH W ('17)
U.S. Open A 1R F F A NH F ('16, '17)
Denmark Open A 1R SF F A F ('20)
French Open A SF W SF NH A W ('18)
Macau Open A QF A NH QF ('17)
Hong Kong Open A QF 1R SF NH SF ('19)
Australian Open A QF NH QF ('19)
New Zealand Open A 2R 2R A QF NH QF ('19)
China Open A F 2R NH F ('18)
Fuzhou China Open A 2R 1R F SF NH F ('18)
Superseries /
World Tour Finals
DNQ SF F DNQ F ('19)
Russian Open F w/d A NH F ('14)
Year-end ranking 101 94 32 14 3 3 3 5 1
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Best
Mixed doubles
Events 2019
Asian Championships 2R
World Championships 3R
Tournament BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour Best
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Malaysia Masters A 2R QF QF ('20)
Indonesia Masters A NH A QF 1R QF ('19)
German Open A 1R NH 1R ('19)
All England Open A 1R 1R 1R ('19, '20)
Singapore Open A 1R NH 1R ('19)
Australian Open A 2R NH 2R ('19)
U.S. Open W SF A NH W ('16)
Canada Open A SF A NH SF ('17)
Korea Open A 1R NH 1R ('19)
China Open A 1R NH 1R ('19)
Japan Open 1R 1R A 1R NH 1R ('16, '17, '19)
Denmark Open A 1R 2R w/d 2R ('19)
French Open A QF QF NH QF ('18, '19)
Fuzhou China Open A 1R 2R 1R NH 2R ('18)
Hong Kong Open A QF 2R NH QF ('18)
Indonesia Open A 1R NH 1R ('19)
Malaysia Open A 1R NH 1R ('19)
Thailand Open A 1R w/d 1R ('19)
w/d
Year-end ranking 122 94 64 25 25 19
Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Best

References

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