23 Oct 2013

Duck Hee Lee begins Osaka campaign

Match Report

Photo: Hiromasa ManoDuck Hee Lee (KOR)

Top seeded Korean Duck Hee Lee finally got his Osaka Mayor’s Cup World Super Junior Tennis Championships underway on day 2 with a 63 36 63 win over local favourite Tokishi Matsuya at the Grade A tournament in Japan on Tuesday.

Lee’s match was the last in the boys main draw first round to be played, held over due to Lee’s late arrival after his success last week at the Grade 2 Dunlop Japan Open Junior Championships where he beat Japan’s Jumpei Yamasaki in a three set final 61 67(3) 62.

The 15 year old from Jechon City, Korea is currently ranked 20 and is looking to take a step up the rankings with a Grade A title.  However the Korean faces a potentially more troublesome task in the second round when he takes on Japan’s Ryotara Matsumura, who eased past a qualifier 61 63 in his first round match and has had a day’s rest thanks to Lee’s late start.  

With Lee’s match the only boys match played on day two the focus was firmly on completing the first round of the girls draw and it turned not to be a great day for the seeds.    Of the remaining seventeen matches to be played three seeds fell at the first hurdle.

Eighth seed Harriet Dart from Great Britain fell in straight sets to Japan’s Miki Kobayashi 63 64 whilst eleventh seed Jil Belen Teichmann from Switzerland followed Dart out succumbing to another talented Japanese player Kanam Tsuji 63 75.  This Swiss girls’ defeat was a surprise as she had shown good form coming into the event after reaching the final of the Dunlop Japan Open Junior Championships last week, losing to Australia’s Priscilla Hon 63 64.  It was not all success for the Japanese girls as one of their seeds, fourteenth seed Kyoko Okamura, was defeated in straight sets by Chinese Taipei’s Ya Ting Chang 63 62.

Elsewhere in the girls’ draw, Katrine Isabel Steffensen from USA showed some devastating early form in her match with Japanese lucky loser Yuiki Ue, undoubtedly Ue won’t be feeling so lucky after suffering the dreaded double bagel at the American’s hands.

Another player who also got off to a good start in the first round was fifth seed Sun Ziyue from China who took little time to dispatch Australia’s Maddison Inglis in a straight sets defeat 62 62.  Ziyue will be expecting great things this week having taken the titles at her previous two tournaments, the Grade 2 China Junior 16 in Beijing and the Grade 3 China Junior Open 15 in Xiamen both in September following a run to the last 16 at the US Open juniors.

Tournament organisers will be pleased that at least the first round in both the boys and girls draws have been completed as they are now expecting the arrival of two typhoons in the area with heavy rain expected for up to four days.  One player who will be hoping to make his escape and head back to France before the typhoons arrive is Japan’s Leo Julien Sebaoun who has a French father and Japanese mother.  In his first experience playing a Grade A tournament he lost in the first round to Poland’s Mateusz Terczynski 62 63 but gained valuable experience at the top level tournament:

“It is the first time for me to play the Grade A and that was very good experience.

I saw many great players and see the level of the world juniors.  Especially the support form of the tournament was very great, they provide us good food and good treatment. I guess that’s how pro-tennis players get treated every time.”

All matches on Wednesday were cancelled due to rain and action will move to indoors on Thursday.

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