Akane Yamaguchi along with the Japanese national team has returned to training at the Ajinomoto National Training Center after the camp was halted for more than five months due to Covid-19. Reported by Yahoo Japan, Yamaguchi said she was happy to be back to training and looking forward to tournaments again.
Looking at the Tokyo Olympics next year, Yamaguchi admitted that she was busy practicing to increase the speed and accuracy of her shots. She said, “I want to show my best game and performance. I can do more than what I did at Rio, and above all, I want to convince myself to do the best.”
“At the Rio Olympics, I was disappointed that I ended up losing. I want to make Tokyo a better memory than Rio.”
At the Rio, Yamaguchi lost to compatriot Nozomi Okuhara at the quarter-finals. She said she felt a deep regret at the loss, but it also gave her an experience that made her grow up.
Yamaguchi said, “When I was in Rio, I was still in the top 10 of the world, I didn’t have a good seeding, I was the youngest, so I felt like I played against everyone. However, when Rio ended, I won the World Tour and the rankings went up, I could see that I was on par with other players. “
Yamaguchi’s new motto is, “I want to win today, I will win!”