Today on International Women’s day we are sharing some interesting snippets on one of the stars of the Women’s game and recent WTT Doha Contender winner Mima Ito.
The 20-year-old Japanese star is now the # 2 ranked player in the world after defeating compatriot Hina Hayata 4-2 in the final of the first-ever newly revamped WTT event.
Aged only 10 years old, Mima became the youngest person to ever win a match at the Japanese Championships and also the youngest player to win an ITF Junior Circuit Tournament.
Then, in March 2014, together with Miu Hirano, and both only 13 years old, they became the youngest ever winners of an ITTF Doubles event when winning the German Open Doubles title.
In 2015, she continued her rapid rise to the top by breaking into the top 10 world rankings at the age of only 14!
She went on to win the Team Bronze medal for Japan (alongside Ai Fukuhara and Kasumi Ishikawa)in the 2016 Summer Olympics when she won the deciding rubber against the then #4 ranked player Feng Tianwei. By doing this she broke another record for the youngest player ever to win a medal in the Women’s team category.
November 2018 was a memorable month for Mima as she can look back fondly over wins over all the top Chinese players ranked higher than her, Ding Ning, #6, Liu Shiwen, #2, and Zhu Yuling, #1. What makes this achievement even more remarkable was that she defeated them all in one Tournament, on her way to winning the 2018 Swedish Open
Massive congratulations to Mima on winning the inaugural WTT event in what will surely not be her last!