In the girls’ singles final, 12th seeded left-hander Zuzanna Maciejewska beat local player and seventh seed Makoto Ninomiya 76 61 to become the first Polish female player to triumph here in Osaka, on the same courts which saw her fellow Pole Aleksandra Olsza finish runner-up in 1995.
World No. 84 Maciejewska fought through a tough first set but in the second her powerful and efficient shots began to penetrate with greater intensity, never letting Ninomiya back into the match.
“I played a great tournament here and I still can’t believe it,” said the Pole “Ninomiya played a really good match but my serve today was great. The first set I was so nervous but I was able to get it as well as all the tie-breaks in this tournament. The second was easier for me. I was a little bit more lucky and I tried to play aggressive. This tournament in Osaka is really perfect, I hope to come back here next year.
“Today Maciejewska’s serve was very fast, so I did not make a good match from the starting games,” said Ninomiya. “In the first set I was leading 4-3 and I could not hold my serve. It was my big regret today. I want to make my serve more aggressive in the future.”