Yuta Watanabe
渡辺 勇大
Yuta Watanabe.jpg
Yuta Watanabe with Hiroyuki Endo
Personal information
CountryJapan
Born (1997-06-13) 13 June 1997 (age 25)
Suginami, Japan
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight56 kg (123 lb)
HandednessLeft
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking4 (MD with Hiroyuki Endo 5 March 2019)
1 (XD with Arisa Higashino 8 November 2022)
Current ranking2 (XD with Arisa Higashino 15 November 2022)
BWF profile

Yuta Watanabe (渡辺 勇大, Watanabe Yūta, born 13 June 1997) is a Japanese badminton player.[1] He is a member of the Nihon Unisys team, and national team A representative.[2] He is known for his quick and explosive movements with his signature drop shots on court. 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 Super 1000 tournaments a total of five times, and was 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. Watanabe won the mixed doubles bronze medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, defeating Hong Kong's Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet in the bronze medal match.[3]

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.[2]

Watanabe was selected to join national junior team competed at the 2014 Asian Junior Championships, and helped the team win 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.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

2021

In March, Watanabe won both the men's and mixed doubles disciplines in the All England Open with Hiroyuki Endo and Arisa Higashino. He was the first player in over 19 years to accomplish such a feat.[8] 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's pace was stopped in the quarter-finals to eventual gold medalists Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin, while in the mixed doubles, Watanabe and Higashino clinched a bronze medal after winning the bronze medal game against Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet in straight games.[9][10]

Achievements

Olympic Games

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2020 Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Tokyo, Japan Japan Arisa Higashino Hong Kong Tang Chun Man
Hong Kong Tse Ying Suet
21–17, 23–21
Bronze medal.svg
Bronze

BWF World Championships

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 St. Jakobshalle,
Basel, Switzerland
Japan Arisa Higashino China Zheng Siwei
China Huang Yaqiong
11–21, 15–21
Bronze
Bronze
2021 Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín,
Huelva, Spain
Japan Arisa Higashino Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
13–21, 14–21
Silver
Silver
2022 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium,
Tokyo, Japan
Japan Arisa Higashino China Zheng Siwei
China Huang Yaqiong
13–21, 16–21
Silver
Silver

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

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

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2022 Muntinlupa Sports Complex,
Metro Manila, Philippines
Japan Arisa Higashino China Wang Yilyu
China Huang Dongping
12–21, 22–24
Bronze
Bronze

BWF World Junior Championships

Boys' doubles

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

Mixed doubles

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

Asian Junior Championships

Boys' singles

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

Boys' doubles

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

BWF World Tour (12 titles, 11 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[11] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is 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.[12]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Malaysia Open Super 750 Japan Hiroyuki Endo Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
8–21, 10–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Thailand Open Super 500 Japan Hiroyuki Endo Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
17–21, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2018 Korea Open Super 500 Japan Hiroyuki Endo Japan Takuro Hoki
Japan Yugo Kobayashi
9–21, 21–15, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Japan Hiroyuki Endo China Li Junhui
China Liu Yuchen
15–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 German Open Super 300 Japan Hiroyuki Endo Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan Keigo Sonoda
15–21, 21–11, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 New Zealand Open Super 300 Japan Hiroyuki Endo Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
22–20, 15–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Japan Hiroyuki Endo Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
22–24, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Hiroyuki Endo Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
21–18, 12–21, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Hiroyuki Endo Japan Takeshi Kamura
Japan 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 Japan Arisa Higashino China Zheng Siwei
China Huang Yaqiong
15–21, 22–20, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Hong Kong Open Super 500 Japan Arisa Higashino China Wang Yilyu
China Huang Dongping
21–18, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Japan Arisa Higashino Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
21–18, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Arisa Higashino China Zheng Siwei
China Huang Yaqiong
17–21, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Thailand Open Super 500 Japan Arisa Higashino China Wang Yilyu
China Huang Dongping
22–24, 21–23 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Hong Kong Open Super 500 Japan Arisa Higashino China He Jiting
China Du Yue
22–20, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Arisa Higashino Japan Yuki Kaneko
Japan Misaki Matsutomo
21–14, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 Denmark Open Super 1000 Japan Arisa Higashino Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
21–18, 21–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 French Open Super 750 Japan Arisa Higashino Denmark Mathias Christiansen
Denmark Alexandra Bøje
21–8, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Japan Arisa Higashino Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
12–21, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Japan Arisa Higashino Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
19–21, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2022 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Arisa Higashino China Wang Yilyu
China Huang Dongping
21–19, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Japan Arisa Higashino China Zheng Siwei
China Huang Yaqiong
14–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2022 Japan Open Super 750 Japan Arisa Higashino Thailand Dechapol Puavaranukroh
Thailand Sapsiree Taerattanachai
21–16, 21–23, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up

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 Japan Arisa Higashino Malaysia Chan Peng Soon
Malaysia 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 Japan Kenya Mitsuhashi England Marcus Ellis
England Chris Langridge
14–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Vietnam International Japan Kenya Mitsuhashi Malaysia Ong Yew Sin
Malaysia 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 Japan Arisa Higashino Thailand Tinn Isriyanet
Thailand Pacharapun Chochuwong
21–16, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

Performance timeline

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A G S B NH N/A DNQ
(W) won; (F) finalist; (SF) semi-finalist; (QF) quarter-finalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable; (DNQ) did not qualify.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

National team

Team events 2014 2015
Asian Junior Championships B B
World Junior Championships B 4th
Team events 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Asia Mixed Team Championships G NH S NH
Asia Team Championships NH QF NH A NH A
Asian Games NH B NH
Thomas Cup NH S NH B B
Sudirman Cup B NH S NH S NH

Individual competitions

Junior level

Event 2015
Asia Junior Championships B
World Junior Championships 2R
Event 2014 2015
Asia Junior Championships B 1R
World Junior Championships 1R B
Event 2014
Asia Junior Championships 3R
World Junior Championships B

Senior level

Men's singles
Tournament Grand Prix Best
2015
Russian Open 1R 1R ('15)
Year-end ranking 1,091 973
Men's doubles
Event 2017 2018 2019 2020
Asian Championships 2R QF G NH
World Championships 2R 3R 2R NH
Olympic Games NH QF
Tournament BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour Best
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Syed Modi International A 1R A NH 1R ('18)
German Open A SF 1R W NH W ('19)
All England Open A 1R SF 2R W W W ('20, '21)
Korea Open A W 2R NH W ('18)
Korea Masters A QF A NH QF ('16)
Thailand Open A F SF NH F ('18)
Indonesia Masters A NH 1R QF A QF ('19)
Indonesia Open A 1R 2R QF NH A QF ('19)
Malaysia Open A 1R F 1R NH F ('18)
Malaysia Masters A SF 2R QF A NH SF ('17)
Singapore Open A 1R A 2R NH 2R ('19)
Japan Open A 2R A 1R QF NH QF ('19)
U.S. Open A 2R A NH 2R ('16)
Denmark Open A 1R QF w/d A QF ('19)
French Open A 2R SF NH A SF ('19)
Hong Kong Open A 2R A 1R SF NH SF ('19)
Australian Open A 2R A 1R NH 2R ('17)
New Zealand Open A F NH F ('19)
China Open A 1R 1R 1R QF NH QF ('19)
Fuzhou China Open A 2R 2R NH 2R ('18, '19)
Russian Open 2R A NH 2R ('15)
U.S. Grand Prix 1R N/A NH 1R ('15)
Superseries / World Tour Finals DNQ F F DNQ F ('18, '19)
Year-end ranking 224 62 27 5 6 5 5 4
Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 Best
Mixed doubles
Event 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Asian Championships 1R 2R QF NH B
Asian Games NH QF NH
World Championships 2R 3R B NH S S
Olympic Games NH B NH
Tournament BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour Best
2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
India Open A 1R A 1R ('17)
German Open A 1R 2R QF NH 1R QF ('19)
All England Open A SF W F 2R W W W ('18, '21, '22)
Korea Open A QF QF NH A QF ('18, '19)
Korea Masters A 2R A NH A 2R ('16)
Thailand Open A 1R F NH SF F ('19)
Indonesia Masters A NH 1R SF A SF A SF ('19, '21)
Indonesia Open A 2R QF 1R NH F F F ('21, '22)
Malaysia Open A 1R SF 1R NH 1R SF ('18)
Malaysia Masters A 1R W A NH QF W ('19)
Singapore Open A 1R A 1R NH A 1R ('17, '19)
Japan Open 1R Q8 2R A SF QF NH F F ('22)
US Open A 2R A NH 2R ('16)
Denmark Open A 1R 1R w/d W QF W ('21)
French Open A SF SF NH W w/d W ('21)
Hylo Open A w/d
Hong Kong Open A 2R A W W NH W ('18, '19)
Australian Open A 1R A SF NH w/d SF ('19)
New Zealand Open A QF A NH QF ('16)
China Open A QF 1R QF QF NH QF ('16, '18, '19)
Fuzhou China Open A SF A SF SF NH SF ('16, '18, '19)
Russian Open A F A NH F ('15)
Superseries / World Tour Finals DNQ SF SF DNQ F F ('21)
Year-end ranking 421 184 22 29 3 3 5 4 2
Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 Best

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