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Ayaka Takahashi (高橋 礼華, Takahashi Ayaka, born 19 April 1990) is a Japanese female badminton player who is a doubles specialist. She is known as the partner of Misaki Matsutomo.[1]

Ayaka Takahashi
Yonex IFB 2013 - Quarterfinal - Tian Qing - Zhao Yunlei vs Misaki Matsutomo - Ayaka Takahashi 23.jpg
Takahashi at the 2013 French Super Series
Personal information
Country  Japan
Born (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 27)
Kashihara, Nara, Japan
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Handedness Right
Women's doubles
Highest ranking 1
Current ranking 1 (16 March 2017)
BWF profile

Contents

CareerEdit

In 2016, she won the women's doubles gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[2] She and her women's doubles partner Misaki Matsutomo also honoured with the Female Player of the Year award.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Takahashi is the older sister of Sayaka Takahashi who is also badminton player.

AchievementsEdit

Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro - Pavilion 4,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  Misaki Matsutomo   Christinna Pedersen
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
18-21, 21-9, 21-19   Gold

Asian GamesEdit

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Gyeyang Gymnasium,
Incheon, South Korea
  Misaki Matsutomo   Nitya Krishinda Maheswari
  Greysia Polii
15-21, 9-21   Silver

Badminton Asia ChampionshipsEdit

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Misaki Matsutomo   Kim Hye-rin
  Yoo Hae-won
21-19, 16–21, 21–10   Gold
2016 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Misaki Matsutomo   Naoko Fukuman
  Kurumi Yonao
21-13, 21-15   Gold
2015 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Misaki Matsutomo   Wang Xiaoli
  Yu Yang
18-21, 21-18, 15-21   Bronze

BWF SuperseriesEdit

The BWF Superseries, launched on December 14, 2006 and implemented in 2007,[4] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two level such as Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011,[5] with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Australian Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Kamilla Rytter Juhl
  Christinna Pedersen
21-10, 21-13   Winner
2017 Singapore Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Kamilla Rytter Juhl
  Christinna Pedersen
18-21, 21-14, 15-21   Runner-up
2016 Dubai World Superseries Finals   Misaki Matsutomo   Chen Qingchen
  Jia Yifan
15-21, 21-13, 17-21   Runner-up
2016 Denmark Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Jung Kyung-eun
  Shin Seung-chan
19-21, 21-11, 21-16   Winner
2016 Japan Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Christinna Pedersen
  Kamilla Rytter Juhl
21-19, 18-21, 12-21   Runner-up
2016 Indonesia Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Tang Yuanting
  Yu Yang
21-15, 8-21, 21-15   Winner
2016 Singapore Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Nitya Krishinda Maheswari
  Greysia Polii
Walkover   Runner-up
2016 India Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Naoko Fukuman
  Kurumi Yonao
21-18, 21-18   Winner
2016 All England   Misaki Matsutomo   Tang Yuanting
  Yu Yang
21-10, 21-12   Winner
2015 China Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Tang Yuanting
  Yu Yang
21-18, 13-21, 12-21   Runner-up
2015 Singapore Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Ou Dongni
  Yu Xiaohan
17-21, 16-21   Runner-up
2015 India Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Luo Ying
  Luo Yu
21-19, 21-19   Winner
2014 Dubai World Superseries Finals   Misaki Matsutomo   Tian Qing
  Zhao Yunlei
21-17, 21-14   Winner
2014 Hong Kong Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Tian Qing
  Zhao Yunlei
13-21, 13-21   Runner-up
2014 Denmark Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Wang Xiaoli
  Yu Yang
14-21, 14-21   Runner-up
2014 Australian Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Tian Qing
  Zhao Yunlei
15-21, 9-21   Runner-up
2014 Japan Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Reika Kakiiwa
  Miyuki Maeda
21-13, 21-17   Winner
2014 Malaysia Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Bao Yixin
  Tang Jinhua
19-21, 21-14, 13-21   Runner-up
2013 Singapore Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Tian Qing
  Zhao Yunlei
19-21, 16-21   Runner-up
2013 Malaysia Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Bao Yixin
  Tian Qing
16-21, 14-21   Runner-up
2012 Denmark Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Ma Jin
  Tang Jinhua
8-21, 12-21   Runner-up
     BWF Superseries Finals tournament
     BWF Superseries Premier tournament
     BWF Superseries tournament

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two level such as Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Malaysia Masters   Misaki Matsutomo   Tang Yuanting
  Yu Yang
21-18, 22-20   Winner
2014 German Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Jung Kyung-eun
  Kim Ha-na
23-21, 24-22   Winner
2012 Indonesian Masters   Misaki Matsutomo   Eom Hye-won
  Jang Ye-na
21-12, 12-21, 21-13   Winner
2012 Canada Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Koharu Yonemoto
  Yuriko Miki
21-15, 15-21, 21-12   Winner
2012 U.S. Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Valeri Sorokina
  Nina Vislova
21-19, 21-17   Winner
2011 Russian Open   Misaki Matsutomo   Valeri Sorokina
  Nina Vislova
20-22, 18-21   Runner-up
2009 Syed Modi Memorial   Misaki Matsutomo   Nadya Melati
  Devi Tika Permatasari
21-14, 15-21, 21-15   Winner

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2012 Canada Open   Ryota Taohata   Takeshi Kamura
  Koharu Yonemoto
21-14, 21-16   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Women's Singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2008 Waikato International   Sayaka Sato 21-11, 17-21, 28-26   Winner

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2010 Osaka International   Misaki Matsutomo   Mizuki Fujii
  Reika Kakiiwa
19-21, 16-21   Runner-up
2009 Belgian International   Misaki Matsutomo   Emma Mason
  Samantha Ward
21-8, 18-21, 21-13   Winner
2009 Osaka International   Misaki Matsutomo   Kaori Mori
  Aya Wakisaka
21-16, 16-21, 24-22   Winner
2008 Waikato International   Koharu Yonemoto   Renee Flavell
  Rachel Hindley
21-18, 21-19   Winner
2008 North Shore City International   Koharu Yonemoto   Renee Flavell
  Rachel Hindley
21-9, 21-15   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

Record Against Selected OpponentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "選手・スタッフ紹介: 高橋 礼華 Ayaka Takahashi" (in Japanese). Nihon Unisys. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Matsutomo, Takahashi claim Japan’s first-ever Olympic badminton gold". www.japantimes.co.jp. The Japan Times. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Lee, Matsutomo/Takahashi Win Best Player Awards". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "BWF Launches Super Series". Badminton Australia. 15 December 2006. 
  5. ^ "Yonex All EKAngland Elevated To BWF Premier Super Series Event". Badmintonstore.com. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ayaka TAKAHASHI,Head to head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 

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