Ayaka Takahashi. Former Rank 1 Japan WD player with Misaki Matsutomo. One of her greatest wins was the Rio Olympics in 2016 where she won GOLD! Unfortunately, she has recently announced her retirement today. On the BWF News they stated when Takahashi was in a press conference interview with her employer Nihon Unisys, she said: “After the announcement of the postponement of Tokyo 2020, I thought I could not keep my motivation high enough to go through another tough year. I thought about continuing to play till the end of the Olympic qualification period as well, but I followed my will and decided to finally end my badminton career.” She also talked about her thoughts on her retirement when competing in the AE (All England): “I have no regrets about this decision. In the quarterfinals of the All England, we were to meet the world No. 1 Chinese pair (Chen/Jia). I thought it could be the last match for me as we were not sure at that time whether the Olympic qualifying race would continue. That is why I wanted to play my very best against the strong Chinese, and we managed to beat them. I am proud of my achievements and satisfied with the good results.” I hope she has a happy retirement!! BWF News on Ayaka Takahashi retirement: https://olympics.bwfbadminton.com/news-single/2020/08/19/ayaka-takahashi-calls-it-a-day/ P.S: I was surprised I couldn't find a thread about her. Only Misaki Matsutomo. Misaki Matsutomo will still play with her mixed doubles partner, Yuki Kaneko. Maybe Matsutomo might be paired with a new WD partner in the future?