21 Oct 2017

Osaka Mayor's Cup finals set for Sunday

News Article

By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Hiromasa ManoTimofey Skatov (RUS), Rinky Hijikata (AUS)

It was a busy day of singles at the Osaka Mayor’s Cup tournament on Saturday when boys’ and girls’ quarterfinals and semifinal matches were played.

In order to accommodate the crowded schedule all singles matches played were done so with no-ad scoring and a 10-point tiebreak if the match stood at one-set all.

The boys’ and girls’ draws ended up staying to form for the finals with the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds working their way into the finals.

The first to journey into the final was the top-seed Whitney Osuigwe of the USA. Osuigwe, the 15-year-old reigning Roland Garros champion, ousted 10th seed Zheng Qinwen of China 76 (0) 62 to reach the semifinals.

But there wasn’t a semifinal match for Osuigwe to play. Third seed Liang En Shuo of Taipei was meant to be Osuigwe’s next opponent, but after her 75 63 quarterfinal win over seventh seed Wang Xiyu of China, Liang pulled out of the semifinal.

Unlike Osuigwe, the second seed Wang Xin Yu of China had to play two matches to reach the final. She took down ninth seed Lulu Sun of Switzerland 63, 63, and then after a period of suitable rest faced fifth seed Kamilla Rakhimova of Russia in the semifinals where she posted a hard fought 64 67 (5) [10-6].

As it turns out this will not be the first meeting between Osuigwe and the 16-year-old Wang. Osuigwe had to bypass Wang 63 46 64 in the round-of-16 en route to winning the Roland Garros title in June.

Boys’ top seed Yuta Shimizu, 18, defeated ninth seed Yanki Erel of Turkey 64 61 in the quarterfinals, and then went on to end the dream week of unseeded Tristan Boyer of USA 75 76 (3) in the semifinals.

Boyer moved into the semifinals by upsetting 11th seed James Kent Trotter of Japan 75 63, but making further noise by ousting the top seed wasn’t in the offing.

Second seed Timofey Skatov of Russia dispatched of Rinky Hijkata of Australia 75 75 in the quarterfinals, and then ousted Erik Grevelius of Sweden 63 62 to reach the finals.

The only previous time that Shimizu played the 16-year-old Skatov was in the first round of this year’s Roland Garros. Shimizu lost the first set, but rebounded for a 36 64 63 win. Shimizu then went on to lose to American Gianni Ross in the second round.

Unseeded Sohyun Park of Korea and Himari Sato of Japan won the girls’ doubles title after third seeds Chen Pei Hsuan of Taipei and Wang Xiyu of China offered a walkover to the winning team in the final.

The boys’ doubles final will be contested between third seeds Jaimee Floyd Angele of France and Nicolas Mejia of Colombia against eighth seeds Admir Kalender of Croatia and Valentin Royer of France.