Japanese gamers swept the singles occasions on the inaugural World Desk Tennis Star Contender match in Doha on Saturday, with Mima Ito profitable the ladies’s title earlier than 17-year-old prodigy Tomokazu Harimoto claimed the boys’s crown.
Japan’s Mima Ito performs a shot in her 4-1 win over Singapore’s Feng Tianwei within the ladies’s singles last on the World Desk Tennis Star Contender match in Doha on March 13, 2021. (Picture courtesy of WTT Doha 2021)(Kyodo)
With Chinese language gamers staying residence due to considerations in regards to the coronavirus, world No. 5 Harimoto was left because the highest-ranked competitor within the males’s draw.
The younger star lived as much as his prime billing, defeating Forty second-ranked German Ruwen Filus 4-2 to elevate the trophy on the Lusail Sports activities Enviornment.
Harimoto opened up a two-point lead earlier than Filus fought again to win the third and fourth video games. However the Tokyo Olympic medal hopeful raised his degree to assert the subsequent two video games and an 11-9, 11-9, 12-14, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8 victory.
Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto performs a shot in his 4-2 win over Germany’s Ruwen Filus within the males’s singles last on the World Desk Tennis Star Contender match in Doha on March 13, 2021. (Picture courtesy of WTT Doha 2021)(Kyodo)
The native of Sendai in northeastern Japan’s Tohoku area devoted the win to folks affected by the Nice East Japan Earthquake following the 10-year anniversary of the catastrophe.
“I needed to win this for the folks of Tohoku and Miyagi (prefecture). I hope as many individuals as doable may achieve slightly happiness,” Harimoto mentioned.
The best-ranked lady within the draw, world No. 2 Ito defeated Singapore’s Feng Tianwei 4-1 within the last.
The Rio Olympic group bronze medalist bounced again from a loss within the opening recreation to win the subsequent 4 and seize victory 10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.