Ai Fukuhara partnered Ryusuke Sakamoto to a straight-sets victory over Masato Watanabe and Hime Togo in the final Friday to win their first mixed doubles title at the table tennis national championships.

The 16-year-old Fukuhara and Sakamoto, who plays in the German Bundesliga, triumphed over the 2003 champions with an 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 victory in the final at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. It was Fukuhara’s third national title after winning the women’s doubles crown two years in a row.

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