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11 April 2011

Sho Sasaki Wins Badminton Australian Open Grand Prix

[CHICAGO] – Top Wilson Badminton player, Sho Sasaki captured his first title career at this weekend’s Yonex Australian Open Grand Prix, in Melbourne, Australia. Sasaki’s title is the first at the Global Grand Prix level by Wilson’s Japan Team.

The finals drew a large crowd at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, with Japan claiming three titles including men’s singles, men’s double and women’s doubles. And the men’s singles final provided a thriller in the only three set match.

Sho Sasaki of Japan defeated Choong Hann Wong of Malaysia in a thriller to claim the men’s singles title. Using his Wilson Recon BLX racquet, Sasaki took an early lead of 12-4 in a match and was able to close long rallies. Sasaki played with patience and precision to take the first set 21-11. After losing the second set, Sasaki came out rejuvenated in the third set. Both players made it a tight race and it was Sasaki who was able to take the third set 21-19.

Sasaki joined the Wilson team in 2009 and is currently ranked 27 in the world. In 2007, he won the Japanese National Championships in men's singles, and 7 other international tournaments. In 2008, he won the Yonex German Open and in 2009, captured the Happy Suwon Asian Championship. He is now a member of the Japan National Team as a singles player.


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