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Endo and Watanabe target further success after brilliant men's doubles win

Yuta Watanabe and Hiroyuki Endo believe their Yonex All England men’s doubles success will only mark the start of their journey.

The world No.6 pairing won a thrilling contest in Sunday’s final game at Arena Birmingham, toppling world No.1s and two-time champions Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in three gripping sets.

And for Endo it was a landmark triumph, finishing runner-up in the competition - alongside former partner Kenichi Hayakawa - three times but now finally being crowned king of Birmingham.

While the Japanese duo were overcome with emotion after their victory, they insist they will only use it as motivation to achieve further success in the future.

“We’re way too happy to put this into words - we can’t really realise this yet and maybe that will come in some time,” Endo said.

“It was an amazing experience but we’re not really satisfied yet - we want to try and take this as motivation to go even further for the next tournaments as well.

“The audience was amazing here - we were really happy to be able to play at the Yonex All England every time we are here, so we want to thank them as well for cheering us on.

“Our bond is really strong - we spend a lot of time together, also when we’re free and not only in badminton.

“We want to take the win from today as motivation to get further up the rankings.”

The No.6 seeds took the first game 21-18, before the Indonesian duo - nicknamed ‘The Minions’ owing to their limited height - levelled with a classy 21-12 victory in the second.

But it was Endo and Watanabe who held their never in the deciding third, winning a gripping 21-19 to make it fourth time lucky in a final for the experienced Endo.

And for the burgeoning pairing - Endo 33, Watanabe 22 - they will be hoping it only represents the beginning of their journey.