22 Oct 2017

Shimizu & Wang win Osaka Mayor's Cup titles

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By Sandra Harwitt

Photo: Hiromasa ManoTimofey Skatov (RUS) and Yuta Shimizu (JPN)

This year’s Osaka Mayor’s Cup journey has concluded with two new singles champions being crowned on Sunday afternoon.

In the boys’ competition, top seed Yuta Shimizu delighted Japan by keeping the title at home with a 63 76(5) victory over second seed Timofey Skatov of Russia.

The Osaka Mayor’s Cup victory is the most impressive win of the 18-year-old Shimizu’s junior career and his first at a Grade A-level tournament.

Shimizu played at three of the Grand Slam junior events this season with the Australian Open the only tournament he skipped. He reached the second round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but failed to advance out of the first round at the U.S. Open.

His previous best result of the year was winning the Grade 1 Astrid Bowl in Belgium in the spring.

This marked Shimizu's second career win over the 16-year-old Skatov. He also beat the Russian in a three-set, first-round encounter at Roland Garros.

In the girls’ final, second seed Wang Xin Yu of China was the champions over top seed and world No. 1 Whitney Osuigwe of USA in a 64 64 decision.

Wang snapped the 15-year-old Osuigwe’s 11-match winning streak by hoisting the trophy. Osuigwe arrived in Osaka having won the Tulsa, Oklahoma junior title.

The 16-year-old Wang played in her first Grade A tournament at last year’s Osaka Mayor’s Cup where she journeyed to the quarterfinals in singles and doubles.

This year, Wang competed at the Grand Slams for the first time, reaching the second round in Australia, and the third round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. At the U.S. Open, she teamed with Liang En Shuo of Taipei to reach the girls’ doubles semifinal.

Wang and Osuigwe move on from the Osaka Mayor’s Cup to the prestigious 2017 ITF Junior Masters in Chengdu, China.

Undoubtedly, Wang will receive great crowd support from the home crowd in Chengdu.

For Osuigwe, the trip to the ITF Junior Masters comes with the important goal of securing the year-end No. 1 ranking.

“I don’t really have any expectations,” Osuigwe told the ITF. “I’m just developing my game and hopefully I’m going to better transition into the pro level. I’ll just try my best.

“This year I want to finish No. 1, but over the next six months I’m just better transitioning from the juniors to the pros. I’m going to play a couple more futures and see how I do.”

The boys’ doubles trophy was awarde don Sunday to Admir Kalender of Croatia and Valentin Royere of France, who won a 76 (4) 46 [10-4] battle against third seeds Jaimee Floyd Angele of France and Nicolas Mejia of Colombia.