Akane Yamaguchi knocked out her higher ranked compatriot Nozomi Okuhara ©Getty Images

The top two ranked women's singles players crashed out at the quarter-final stage as the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Japan Super Series continued at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium today. 

Japan's Nozomi Okuhara, the second seed, who became the top ranked player at her home tournament after Spain's Olympic champion Carolina Marin withdrew, was knocked out by her compatriot Akane Yamaguchi in the Japanese capital. 

Yamaguchi, the sixth seed, came through with a 21-11, 23-11 victory to knock out the defending champion and reach the last four.

Thailand's third seed Ratchanok Intanon has also exited the tournament to end her hopes of a fourth Super Series title this season after previous successes in India, Malaysia and Singapore.

She lost in three tight games to China's He Bingjiao, who triumphed 22-20, 14-21, 24-22.

The reward for the Chinese player is a semi-final with Japanese qualifier Aya Ohori, who defeated her compatriot Ayumi Mine, 16-21, 21-17, 21-19.

China's He Bingjiao ended the hopes of Thai third seed Ratchanok Intanon ©Getty Images
China's He Bingjiao ended the hopes of Thai third seed Ratchanok Intanon ©Getty Images

Another member of the Chinese team, Sun Yu, knocked out Japan's Sayaka Takahashi 21-14, 21-9 to set up a meeting with Yamaguchi.

In the men's tournament, Malaysia's top seed Lee Chong Wei continued his serene progression by beating Shi Yuqi of China 21-12, 21-12 to reach the last four.

The triple Olympic silver medallist will now face Germany's Marc Zwiebler, who came from behind to get the better of India's Srikanth Kidambi, 18-21, 21-14, 21-19.

The chance of an all-Danish semi-final was ended as second seed and Olympic bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen was knocked out, 21-18, 21-13 by South Korean Son Wan-ho.

His compatriot Jan Ø. Jørgensen had no such problems, easing through to face Son with a 21-6, 21-16 success over Thailand's Khosit Phetpradab.

Action in the 2020 Olympic host city is due to continue tomorrow.