17 Oct 2011

Saida, Kamiji and Kawano win Peace Cup titles

Match Report

Photo: Ando AkiraShota Kawano (JPN)

Japanese players made a clean sweep of the main draw singles titles at the ITF 2 Series Peace Cup, part of the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour, in Hiroshima on Sunday after second seed Shota Kawano came from a set down for a sensational 36 76(2) 76(2) victory over Chinese Taipei's Tzu-Hsuan Huang in the quad final.

Satoshi Saida continued his preparations for November's NEC Singles Masters as the world No. 8 defeated his compatriot and second seed Takashi Sanada 64 63 to retain the men's main draw singles title.

Another all-Japanese final saw top seed and world No. 9 Yui Kamiji dominate third seed Yuko Okabe 63 60 to win the women's singles title.

Saida partnered Yoshinobu Fujimoto to win the men's main draw doubles title as Kanako Domori and Kamiji claimed the women's doubles title.

Second seeds Mitsuteru Moroishi and Hiroshi Toma defeated top seeds Shinichi Hirata and Kawano to win the quad doubles title.

Saturday, 15 October

The top seeds will contest the men's main draw singles final in Hiroshiman, while Yuko Okabe and Tzu-Hsuan Huang won gripping semifinals to reach the women's singles and quad singles finals respectively on Saturday.

World No. 8 Satoshi Saida dominated fourth seed Masahiro Honma to ease through his men's semifinal 60 60, while second seed Takashi Sanada edged a close first set against Yoshinobu Fujimoto to pull through 75 61.

The women's singles semifinal line-up was again all-Japanese, with third seed Okabe coming from a set down to edge out second seed Kanako Domori 57 63 64. However, 17-year-old world No. 1 junior Yui Kamiji made sure of a more comfortable passage to the final as she defeated fourth seed Miho Nijo 63 61.

Chinese Taipei's Huang beat his second seeded player of the week to reach the quad singles final, winning the crucial points to defeat Japanese Mitsuteru Moroishi 76(5) 64.

Friday, 14 October

All four seeds have reached Saturday's men's main draw singles and women's singles semifinals, while Chinese Taipei's Tzu-Hsuan Huang joins three of the four seeds in the quad singles semifinals after defeating Japan's Shinichi Hirata in the first round. However, reigning quad singles champion Azman Hasan of Malaysia saw his title defence end in the quarterfinals against Japanese second seed Shota Kawano.