Pakistani badminton player Mahoor Shahzad lost her opening match in the country’s 2020 Olympic campaign in Tokyo on Saturday.

World number 5 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan outplayed Mahoor 21-3 and 21-8 in just 23 minutes.

Yamaguchi took only 10 minutes to win the first game 21-3.

However, Mahoor showed some resistance in the second game, but only to lose that too by a score of 21-8.

Yamaguchi dominated Mahoor throughout the match. She scored eight consecutive points in the first game and seven on the trot in the second game.

Mahoor will face Britain’s Kirsty Gilmour on July 27.

SCHEDULE: Here is the full schedule of matches of Pakistani athletes in the event:

July 24: Shooting; Gulfam Joseph, men’s 100m AirPistol Qualifications at 10:00 am (PST)

July 25: Weightlifting; Talha Talib in men’s 67kg at 3:50 pm (PST)

July 27: Badminton; Mahoor Shahzad vs Kirsty Gilmour (UK) at 10:00 am (PST), Swimming; Haseeb Tariq in heat #2 of men’s 100m freestyle at 3:04 pm (PST)

July 29: Judo; Shah Hussain Shah vs Ramadan Darwaish (Egypt) in men’s 100kg Ro32 contest at 7:00 am (PST)

July 30: Swimming; Bismah Khan in heat#4 of women’s 50m freestyle at 3:27 pm (PST)

August 1: Shooting; Khalil Akhtar & GM Bashir in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol, stage 1 at 4:30 am (PST)

August 2: Athletics; Najma Parveen in Women’s 200m heats 6:30 am (PST)

August 4: Athletics; Arshad Nadeem (Javelin Throw), Group stage at 5:05 am/6:35 am (PST). (Final on August 7 if he qualifies)

Pakistan last won a medal at Olympics in 1992 when the hockey team, led by Shahbaz Ahmed, had won a bronze medal in Barcelona.


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