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Yuta Watanabe
Badminton player

Yuta Watanabe

Yuta Watanabe
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Intro Badminton player
A.K.A. 渡辺 勇大, Watanabe Yuta
Is Athlete Badminton player
From Japan
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 13 June 1997, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Age 25 years
Star sign Gemini
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Biography

Yuta Watanabe (渡辺 勇大, Watanabe Yūta, born 13 June 1997) is a Japanese badminton player. He is a member of the Nihon Unisys team, and national team A representative. He is known for his quick and explosive movements with his signature drop shot. 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 has won the maiden Super 1000 tournament a total of four times, the first ever male player from Japan to win an All England Open title. First at the 2018 All England Open in the mixed doubles event partnered with Arisa Higashino, then in the 2020 All England Open in the men's doubles event with Hiroyuki Endo, and in both men's and mixed doubles in the 2021 All England Open, defending his men's doubles title with Hiroyuki Endo and winning the mixed doubles category with once again, Arisa Higashino. He won a mixed doubles bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Career overview

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.

2021

In March, Watanabe won both the men's and mixed doubles disciplines in the All England Open with Hiroyuki Endo and Arisa Higashino. They are the first players in over 19 years to accomplish such a feat. In July, he competed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the men's doubles partnering Endo, and in the mixed doubles with Higashino. Watanabe and Endo pace was stopped in the quarter-finals to Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin, while in the mixed doubles, Watanabe and Higashino clinched a bronze medal after winning the match against Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet in straight games.

Achievements

Olympic Games

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result

BWF World Championships

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result

BWF World Junior Championships

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result

Asian Junior Championships

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result

Boys' doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result

BWF World Tour (11 titles, 7 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tours are divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Malaysia Open Super 750 Hiroyuki Endo Takeshi Kamura
Keigo Sonoda
8–21, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Thailand Open Super 500 Hiroyuki Endo Takeshi Kamura
Keigo Sonoda
17–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Korea Open Super 500 Hiroyuki Endo Takuro Hoki
Yugo Kobayashi
9–21, 21–15, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Hiroyuki Endo Li Junhui
Liu Yuchen
15–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 German Open Super 300 Hiroyuki Endo Takeshi Kamura
Keigo Sonoda
15–21, 21–11, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 New Zealand Open Super 300 Hiroyuki Endo Mohammad Ahsan
Hendra Setiawan
22–20, 15–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Hiroyuki Endo Mohammad Ahsan
Hendra Setiawan
22–24, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 All England Open Super 1000 Hiroyuki Endo Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–18, 12–21, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 All England Open Super 1000 Hiroyuki Endo Takeshi Kamura
Keigo Sonoda
21–15, 17–21, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 All England Open Super 1000 Arisa Higashino Zheng Siwei
Huang Yaqiong
15–21, 22–20, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Hong Kong Open Super 500 Arisa Higashino Wang Yilyu
Huang Dongping
21–18, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Arisa Higashino Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Sapsiree Taerattanachai
21–18, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 All England Open Super 1000 Arisa Higashino Zheng Siwei
Huang Yaqiong
17–21, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Thailand Open Super 500 Arisa Higashino Wang Yilyu
Huang Dongping
22–24, 21–23 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Hong Kong Open Super 500 Arisa Higashino He Jiting
Du Yue
22–20, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 All England Open Super 1000 Arisa Higashino Yuki Kaneko
Misaki Matsutomo
21–14, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 Denmark Open Super 1000 Arisa Higashino Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Sapsiree Taerattanachai
21–18, 21–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 French Open Super 750 Arisa Higashino Mathias Christiansen
Alexandra Bøje
21–8, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF Grand Prix (1 runner-up)

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Russian Open Arisa Higashino Chan Peng Soon
Goh Liu Ying
13–21, 21–23 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

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

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Austrian Open Kenya Mitsuhashi Marcus Ellis
Chris Langridge
14–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Vietnam International Kenya Mitsuhashi Ong Yew Sin
Teo Ee Yi
19–21, 14–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Vietnam International Arisa Higashino Tinn Isriyanet
Pacharapun Chochuwong
21–16, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
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