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. Together they claimed Japan's first ever Olympic badminton gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the women's doubles event.
Takahashi at the 2013 French Super Series
19 April 1990 |
Kashihara, Nara, Japan
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Current ranking||2 (8 February 2018)|
In 2016, she won the women's doubles gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She and her women's doubles partner Misaki Matsutomo also honoured with the Female Player of the Year award. They are playing together for more than ten years, ever since they were schoolmates. Matsutomo and Takahashi became the first pair from outside China to win the women’s Olympic doubles title since the 1996 Atlanta Games, giving Japan its second medal in the event after Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa took silver at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Takahashi is the older sister of Sayaka Takahashi who is also badminton player in the singles event.
|2016||Riocentro - Pavilion 4,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Misaki Matsutomo|| Christinna Pedersen
Kamilla Rytter Juhl
|18–21, 21–9, 21–19||Gold|
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|Misaki Matsutomo|| Chen Qingchen
Incheon, South Korea
|Misaki Matsutomo|| Nitya Krishinda Maheswari
|2017||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
|Misaki Matsutomo|| Kim Hye-rin
|21–19, 16–21, 21–10||Gold|
|2016||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
|Misaki Matsutomo|| Naoko Fukuman
|2015||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
|Misaki Matsutomo|| Wang Xiaoli
|18–21, 21–18, 15–21||Bronze|
BWF World Tour (1 title, 0 runners-ups)Edit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2018||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Misaki Matsutomo|| Greysia Polii
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.
BWF Grand PrixEdit
|2016||Malaysia Masters||Misaki Matsutomo|| Tang Yuanting
|2014||German Open||Misaki Matsutomo|| Jung Kyung-eun
|2012||Indonesian Masters||Misaki Matsutomo|| Eom Hye-won
|21–12, 12–21, 21–13||Winner|
|2012||Canada Open||Misaki Matsutomo|| Koharu Yonemoto
|21–15, 15–21, 21–12||Winner|
|2012||U.S. Open||Misaki Matsutomo|| Valeri Sorokina
|2011||Russian Open||Misaki Matsutomo|| Valeri Sorokina
|2009||Syed Modi Memorial||Misaki Matsutomo|| Nadya Melati
Devi Tika Permatasari
|21–14, 15–21, 21–15||Winner|
|2012||Canada Open||Ryota Taohata|| Takeshi Kamura
BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit
|2008||Waikato International||Sayaka Sato||21–11, 17–21, 28–26||Winner|
|2010||Osaka International||Misaki Matsutomo|| Mizuki Fujii
|2009||Belgian International||Misaki Matsutomo|| Emma Mason
|21–8, 18–21, 21–13||Winner|
|2009||Osaka International||Misaki Matsutomo|| Kaori Mori
|21–16, 16–21, 24–22||Winner|
|2008||North Shore City International||Koharu Yonemoto|| Renee Flavell
|2008||Waikato International||Koharu Yonemoto|| Renee Flavell
|2008||Smiling Fish International||Koharu Yonemoto|| Oku Yukina
Record Against Selected OpponentsEdit
- Leanne Choo & Renuga Veeran 1–0
- / Petya Nedelcheva & Anastasia Russkikh 0–1
- Xia Huan & Tang Jinhua 1–1
- Ma Jin & Tang Jinhua 0–4
- Du Jing & Yu Yang 0–1
- Wang Xiaoli & Yu Yang 1–4
- Tian Qing & Zhao Yunlei 5–9
- Bao Yixin & Zhong Qianxin 0–2
- Bao Yixin & Cheng Shu 1–0
- Bao Yixin & Tang Jinhua 1–3
- Bao Yixin & Tian Qing 0–1
- Luo Ying & Luo Yu 6–2
- Ma Jin & Tang Yuanting 0–2
- Cheng Wen-hsing & Chien Yu-chin 0–3
- Christinna Pedersen & Kamilla Rytter Juhl 8–4
- Poon Lok Yan & Tse Ying Suet 1–1
- Jwala Gutta & Ashwini Ponnappa 3–0
- Mizuki Fujii & Reika Kakiiwa 2–4
- Miyuki Maeda & Satoko Suetsuna 1–2
- Shizuka Matsuo & Mami Naito 5–3
- Reika Kakiiwa & Miyuki Maeda 5–0
- Jung Kyung-eun & Kim Ha-na 3–6
- Ha Jung-eun & Kim Min-jung 0–3
- Jung Kyung-eun & Shin Seung-chan 1–0
- Chin Eei Hui & Wong Pei Tty 0–1
- Vivian Hoo Kah Mun & Woon Khe Wei 8–0
- Eefje Muskens & Selena Piek 6–0
- Valeria Sorokina & Nina Vislova 1–1
- Shinta Mulia Sari & Yao Lei 2–0
- Duanganong Aroonkesorn & Kunchala Voravichitchaikul 2–1
- Puttita Supajirakul & Sapsiree Taerattanachai 3–0
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- "Matsutomo, Takahashi claim Japan's first-ever Olympic badminton gold". www.japantimes.co.jp. The Japan Times. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "Lee, Matsutomo/Takahashi Win Best Player Awards". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
- "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
- "Ayaka TAKAHASHI,Head to head". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 9 May 2014.