Photo: Hiromasa ManoNick Kyrgios (AUS) and Katerina Siniakova (CZE)
On the final day of the Grade A Mayor’s Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships in Osaka, Japan quality rose to the top with the top seeds in both the boys and girls singles claiming the singles titles.
Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Czech Katerina Siniakova overcame the weather, a stomach bog and some stiff competition to become champions at the penultimate Grade A of the year.
The boys final was a battle between local favourite Kaichi Uchida, seeded No.2, and Aussie Kyrgios who was looking to win his first Grade A singles title. There was nothing between the two players with the Aussie edging out a tight match 76(5) 76(4).
Kyrgios has enjoyed a lot of success in doubles this year with two doubles Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros at Wimbledon, but a first Grade A victory in singles was important for the Australian who commented after the match:
“I’m overwhelmed by this great achievement. I had to play some solid tennis to beat Uchida, he’s a very solid player. The crowd was really great, making it a good atmosphere. I really enjoyed my stay at Osaka, I played some of my best tennis here.”
Uchida knew going into the match that he had a big challenge on this hands, having lost the only previous singles meeting between the two players at this year’s Junior Wimbledon, as well as five previous doubles matches:
“I have had matches with Nick before, five times in doubles, one time in singles. All matches, I lose. The most risky shot that he has is his serve. The accuracy is quite good so for me it is very difficult to break his service games. The key today was how to hold my service games because his serve, at the important point of games, was very very effective and great. It was very tough match for me.”
Katerina Siniakova added the Mayor’s Cup title to her first Grade A title, won this year at the Trofeo Bonfiglio, Italian Junior Open. The Czech was lucky to avoid the stomach bug which affected her semifinal opponent and handed her a walkover into the final. However, once there the top seed ensured she took advantage with a 64 64 win over fourth seed Karen Kennel from Switzerland.
“I’m happy that I won today. In the first set I was losing 4/2 then I started play more aggressive. In the second set I was leading 3/1 but I stopped playing my game and only waited and played less. Fortunately I finished the set 6/4 and I was really happy for my victory.”
Despite her loss Kennel remained positive:
“I haven’t played my best tennis today, but I often tried to fight and make her run and to stay positive. I didn’t use my chances in the important situations. But I’m pretty proud of myself to have reached the finals.”
The last Grade A of the year, the Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, will take place from 3-9 December in Florida, USA.