Satomi Watanabe sets sights on becoming first top 10 player from Japan

August 06 2023

Japan's top-ranked female squash player, Satomi Watanabe, had a breakthrough season on the PSA World Tour, impressing with her performances and reaching a career-high ranking of World No.18. Reflecting on her unexpected success, she expressed joy and happiness with her achievements. Becoming the first Japanese player to reach the top 20 and a quarter-final of a PSA World Tour event has filled her with pride, inspiring aspiring squash players in Japan to aim higher.

In an exclusive interview with the Professional Squash Association (PSA), Satomi Watanabe explains how despite tough losses against Nele Gilis in close matches at the Australian Open and Manchester Open, she views them as valuable learning experiences. These matches have provided insight into areas of improvement and fueled her determination for the next season.

With ambitious goals in mind, Satomi Watanabe aims to break into the top 10. Recognising the challenges ahead, she emphasises the need for consistency in her performances. Her summer training has been dedicated to fine-tuning her skills in Japan before she returns to London for her University studies and to prepare for the upcoming season.

As she looks forward to the new campaign, Satomi Watanabe remains focused and eager to continue her ascent in the world of professional squash.

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