Hendry was never ahead in the match but he there was never more than one hole in what proved to be a gripping battle. Takayama edged ahead at the 16th hole for the final time and saw off his opponent by halving his final two holes to win 1 up.
Despite losing, Hendry will record a top ten in the lucrative event, his third of the season which will see him remain well inside the top twenty on this 2017 money list.
Takayama will now play South Korean Hyun Woo RYU in one of tomorrow’s semi-final match ups while Japan Tour veteran and prolific title winner Shingo Katayama faces another South Korean Byung-Min CHO in the other.
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