Yuta Watanabe (badminton)
Yuta Watanabe (渡辺 勇大 Watanabe Yūta, born 13 June 1997) is a badminton player from Japan. He was a member of the Nihon Unisys team, and national team A representative. Watanabe has collected three bronze medals at the World Junior Championships, and also four bronze at the Asian Junior Championships. Watanabe was selected to join the Japanese mixed team compete at the 2017 Sudirman Cup in Gold Coast, Australia, winning a gold medal in the qualification to Gold Coast at the 2017 Asia Mixed Team Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and the team finished in the semi-final round, took the bronze medal. The left-handed Watanabe won the maiden Super 1000 tournament at the 2018 All England Open in the mixed doubles event partnered with Arisa Higashino.
|Born||13 June 1997|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb)|
|Men's & mixed doubles|
|Highest ranking||4 (MD 5 March 2019)|
3 (XD 22 November 2018)
|Current ranking||5 (MD), 3 (XD) (20 August 2019)|
Watanabe started his career in badminton when he join the Kodaira junior club in Tokyo in 2005. He had shown his talent in badminton when he won some national event when he was in the elementary school. He made a partnership with Arisa Higashino as his senior in Tomioka Dai-ichi Junior High School in 2012.
Watanabe was selected to join national junior team competed at the 2014 Asian Junior Championships, and helps the team won the mixed team bronze medal. He also settled for another bronze medal in the boys' doubles event partnered with Kenya Mitsuhashi. At the World Junior Championships in Alor Setar, Malaysia, he won the bronze medals in the mixed doubles event with Arisa Higashino and in the mixed team event. In June 2014, he made his first appearance in the senior international event at the Japan Open, competed in the mixed doubles with Higashino, but the duo was defeated in the first round. He captured two titles at the 2014 Korea Junior Open in the boys' and mixed doubles event teamed-up with Mitsuhashi and Chiharu Shida respectively.
Watanabe started the 2015 season, by winning the boys' doubles title at the Dutch Junior tournament with Kenya Mitsuhashi, and finished as the semifinalist in the mixed doubles with Chiharu Shida, and later won the mixed doubles title in German Junior tournament. In July, he competed at the Asian Junior Championships, clinched the bronze medals in the boys' singles and mixed team events. He reached his first final in the senior international event at the 2015 Russian Open a BWF Grand Prix tournament. At the Danish Junior Cup, he clinched two titles by winning the boys' singles and doubles events. In November, he won the boys' doubles bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru.
Watanabe won his first senior international tournament at the Vietnam International Challenge in the mixed doubles event with Arisa Higashino, and also became the runner-up in the men's doubles event. Together with Higashino, they reaching the 2018 All England Open final beat three top seeding, and clinched the title after beating the fifth seeded pair from China Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong in the rubber game.
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|Arisa Higashino|| Zheng Siwei
BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2015||Centro de Alto Rendimiento de la Videna,
|Kenya Mitsuhashi|| He Jiting
|2014||Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim,
Alor Setar, Malaysia
|Arisa Higashino|| Huang Kaixiang
|2019||Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
|Hiroyuki Endo|| Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2015||CPB Badminton Training Center, Bangkok, Thailand||Lin Guipu||10–21, 12–21||Bronze|
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
|Kenya Mitsuhashi|| Huang Kaixiang
BWF World TourEdit
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.
|2019||New Zealand Open||Super 300||Hiroyuki Endo|| Mohammad Ahsan
|22–20, 15–21, 17–21||Runner-up|
|2019||German Open||Super 300||Hiroyuki Endo|| Takeshi Kamura
|15–21, 21–11, 21–12||Winner|
|2018||BWF World Tour Finals||World Tour Finals||Hiroyuki Endo|| Li Junhui
|2018||Korea Open||Super 500||Hiroyuki Endo|| Takuro Hoki
|9–21, 21–15, 21–10||Winner|
|2018||Thailand Open||Super 500||Hiroyuki Endo|| Takeshi Kamura
|2018||Malaysia Open||Super 750||Hiroyuki Endo|| Takeshi Kamura
|2019||Thailand Open||Super 500||Arisa Higashino|| Wang Yilü
|2019||All England Open||Super 1000||Arisa Higashino|| Zheng Siwei
|2019||Malaysia Masters||Super 500||Arisa Higashino|| Dechapol Puavaranukroh
|2018||Hong Kong Open||Super 500||Arisa Higashino|| Wang Yilü
|2018||All England Open||Super 1000||Arisa Higashino|| Zheng Siwei
|15–21, 22–20, 21–16||Winner|
BWF Grand PrixEdit
|2015||Russian Open||Arisa Higashino|| Chan Peng Soon
Goh Liu Ying
BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit
|2016||Vietnam International||Kenya Mitsuhashi|| Ong Yew Sin
Teo Ee Yi
|2016||Austrian Open||Kenya Mitsuhashi|| Marcus Ellis
|2016||Vietnam International||Arisa Higashino|| Tinn Isriyanet
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