14 yo Yuki (born February 16, 2001) from Nagaoka is through to the final of GA Osaka Mayor's Cup - World Super Junior Tennis Championships this week, right from the qualies, and without dropping a single set!
She was the 5th seed in qualies, and she beat (WC)Karina Watanabe 2 & 1 in Q1, and (15)Nao Shimoji 7-5 6-1 in Q2.
In the MD, she beat: Pei Hsuan Chen 3 & 1 in R1, Zhuoma Ni Ma (who upset 3rd seed Muramatsu in straights in R1) 2 & 3 in R2, (15)Yue Yuan 4 & 3 in R3, Wiktoria Kulik 4 & 3 in QF, and (11)Berfu Cengiz (Top 100 junior and already in the WTA Top 650)!
She will face fellow Japanese Mai Hontama in the final tomorrow. Hontama successively upset 6th seed Kankova (#66) in R3, 4th seed Yastremska (#48) in QF, and 17 yo Chinese qualifier Xinyu Gao (who reached a pro CHR of 381 this summer) - pretty impressive! Hontama is older (born in 1999), ranked #231, and she's dropped 2 sets so far this week (one against Yastremska and one against Gao) but she's faced tougher opponents overall.
It's gonna be a very interesting final, good luck to Yuki!
Yuki is at a CHR of 593 currently, she's broken into the Top 600 for the first time this week, but she will jump up in the rankings next week!
She's won 1 tournament this year: G5 Northern Marianas Junior Championships in May, without dropping a set, and beating top seed Ayumi Harita 2 & 2 in QF, and 3rd seed Ayano Shimizu 6-3 7-5 in the final.
Her 2nd best result this year was a QF at G5 GREENMAX Cup International Tennis Championships two weeks ago, where she was the 8th seed and lost to Himari Sato in QF, 3-6 5-7.
This year actually is her very first year playing official tournaments, she hasn't been out of Asia to play tournaments in Europe or America like the Satos have been doing, so that's even more impressive because she has little experience!