Photo: Susan MullaneKaichi Uchida (JPN)
The inclement weather curtailed the day’s play and means that fans and players alike can expect a busy day on Wednesday as tournament organisers play catch-up to keep the tournament on schedule. The prestigious event can count itself unlucky to have been affected by the weather - the average daytime temperature in Osaka at this time of year is 23 degrees and the City usually enjoys at least 65 percent sunny days in late October.
A total of eight first round singles matches were suspended overnight and will resume on Wednesday, as well as 31 first round doubles matches. In the boys’ draw, third seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia was amongst those frustrated by the rains, especially as his fellow title contenders Nick Kyrgios (Australia) and Kaichi Uchida are both safely through to the second round already having played on day one.
The girls first round matches are nearly complete, which should ease the scheduling backlog somewhat. All but two of the 32 scheduled first round girls’ singles matches have yet to be played: Risa Ushijima (JPN) versus Yukun Zhang of China and Danielle Wagland of Australia against Natsuho Arakawa (JPN).
Play gets underway at 10am on Wednesday, with singles play dominating the majority of the early matches but plenty of doubles matches inked in for the afternoon.
In the boys’ draw Uchida, Kyrgios, Milojevic and fourth seed Borna Coric amongst the plethora of players in action. Britons Katy Dunne (5), Katie Boulter and Anna Brogan all due to face tough opposition in the girls’ singles, with Netherlands Indy De Vroome and celebrated young Australian Naiktha Bains all mentioned on the order of play. Some players, including Milojevic, could be forced to play two singles in one day in order to help get the tournament back on track.
Wagland and Arakawa will resume - and attempt to complete - their match with the scoreline delicately poised at 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 3-1 in Wagland’s favour when the heavens opened. All involved will be hoping for better weather on Wednesday.