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Yuta Watanabe (badminton)

Yuta Watanabe (渡辺 勇大, Watanabe Yūta, born 13 June 1997) is a badminton player from Japan.[1] He was a member of the Nihon Unisys team, and national team A representative.[2] 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.

Yuta Watanabe
Personal information
Country Japan
Born (1997-06-13) 13 June 1997 (age 22)
Suginami, Japan
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
HandednessLeft
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking4 (MD 5 March 2019)
3 (XD 22 November 2018)
Current ranking6 (MD), 3 (XD) (22 October 2019)
BWF profile

Career overviewEdit

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.[2]

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.[3][4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

AchievementsEdit

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 St. Jakobshalle,
Basel, Switzerland
  Arisa Higashino   Zheng Siwei
  Huang Yaqiong
11–21, 15–21   Bronze

BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Centro de Alto Rendimiento de la Videna,
Lima, Peru
  Kenya Mitsuhashi   He Jiting
  Zheng Siwei
13–21, 16–21   Bronze

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim,
Alor Setar, Malaysia
  Arisa Higashino   Huang Kaixiang
  Chen Qingchen
19–21, 12–21   Bronze

Asian ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Wuhan Sports Center Gymnasium,
Wuhan, China
  Hiroyuki Endo   Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
  Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–18, 21–3   Gold

Asian Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2015 CPB Badminton Training Center, Bangkok, Thailand   Lin Guipu 10–21, 12–21   Bronze

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 Taipei Gymnasium,
Taipei, Chinese Taipei
  Kenya Mitsuhashi   Huang Kaixiang
  Zheng Siwei
10–21, 8–21   Bronze

BWF World Tour (5 titles, 6 runners-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[7] 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.[8]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 New Zealand Open Super 300   Hiroyuki Endo   Mohammad Ahsan
  Hendra Setiawan
22–20, 15–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2019 German Open Super 300   Hiroyuki Endo   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
15–21, 21–11, 21–12   Winner
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals   Hiroyuki Endo   Li Junhui
  Liu Yuchen
15–21, 11–21   Runner-up
2018 Korea Open Super 500   Hiroyuki Endo   Takuro Hoki
  Yugo Kobayashi
9–21, 21–15, 21–10   Winner
2018 Thailand Open Super 500   Hiroyuki Endo   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
17–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2018 Malaysia Open Super 750   Hiroyuki Endo   Takeshi Kamura
  Keigo Sonoda
8–21, 10–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Thailand Open Super 500   Arisa Higashino   Wang Yilü
  Huang Dongping
22–24, 21–23   Runner-up
2019 All England Open Super 1000   Arisa Higashino   Zheng Siwei
  Huang Yaqiong
17–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2019 Malaysia Masters Super 500   Arisa Higashino   Dechapol Puavaranukroh
  Sapsiree Taerattanachai
21–18, 21–18   Winner
2018 Hong Kong Open Super 500   Arisa Higashino   Wang Yilü
  Huang Dongping
21–18, 21–14   Winner
2018 All England Open Super 1000   Arisa Higashino   Zheng Siwei
  Huang Yaqiong
15–21, 22–20, 21–16   Winner

BWF Grand Prix (1 runner-up)Edit

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

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Russian Open   Arisa Higashino   Chan Peng Soon
  Goh Liu Ying
13–21, 21–23   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vietnam International   Kenya Mitsuhashi   Ong Yew Sin
  Teo Ee Yi
19–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2016 Austrian Open   Kenya Mitsuhashi   Marcus Ellis
  Chris Langridge
14–21, 16–21   Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vietnam International   Arisa Higashino   Tinn Isriyanet
  Pacharapun Chochuwong
21–16, 21–14   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Players: Yuta Watanabe". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "渡辺 勇大 Yuta Watanabe". www.unisys.co.jp (in Japanese). Unisys. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Jati BWF World Junior Championships 2014 (EYE-Level Cup)". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  4. ^ "BWF World Junior Championships 2014 – Day 5: It's Eka Putri's Day". www.bwfbadminton.org. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Vietnam wins two gold medals at Hanoi Challenger". www.vietnambreakingnews.com. VietnamBreakingNews. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  6. ^ "All England SF – A long day to the finals". Badzine.net. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  7. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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