Higashino Arisa (東野 有紗) & Watanabe Yuta (渡辺 勇大)


Japan’s first serious mixed doubles duo in a long time, these youngsters will be expected to take their country to the next level. They’ve already been spotted a few times last season, but apparently no thread for them yet.

Started a thread because I’ve been wanting to mention Arisa for a while now. Exciting, jump-smashing player born in 1996 should be good for the next couple of Olympics (barring anything unfortunate).
Watanabe is the solution for the lackluster mens team Japan have been struggling with recently.

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The video is for the Asia Mixed team championships. Despite looking like they’re using second hand mats purchased in Malasia, this is the last and deciding match in the tie.