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Old Sep 4th, 2010, 11:49 PM   #1
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Japanese Juniors Thread

I wanted to have a thread to cheer for some of the Japanese Juniors without having to make individual threads. Obviously they might eventually earn their own thread, but for the moment we can collectively follow their results here.

At the moment, there are 7 girls ranked in the top 100 in the ITF Junior Rankings:

1. Sachie Ishizu (#6)
2. Emi Mutaguchi (#50)
3. Eri Hozumi (#57)
4. Miho Kowase (#59)
5. Akiko Omae (#71)
6. Risa Ozaki (#84)
7. Miyu Kato (#88)

Some stats:

Hall of Fame - Grade A/1 Champions
Alphabetical Order
Canadian Open 2008 - Kurumi Nara
Canadian Open 2009 - Miyabi Inoue
Casablanca International - Sachie Ishizu
German Open 1995 - Haruka Inoue
German Open 1996 - Maiko Inoue
Japan Open 2003 - Ryoko Fuda
Japan Open 2008 - Kurumi Nara
Japan Open 2010 - Sachie Ishizu
Osaka Mayors Cup 2002 - Ryoko Fuda
Osaka Mayors Cup 2007 - Kurumi Nara
USTA International Spring Championships 2013 - Mayo Hibi

3rd Round or Greater Finishes at Grand Slams
Since 1998

Australian Open
3rd Round 1999 - Chisayo Ito
3rd Round 2000 - Yuki Arai
3rd Round 2004 - Yurika Sema
3rd Round 2005 - Ayumi Morita
3rd Round 2008 - Misaki Doi
3rd Round 2009 - Miyabi Inoue
3rd Round 2010 - Risa Ozaki
3rd Round 2011 - Kanami Tsuji
3rd Round 2011 - Emi Mutaguchi
Quarter Finalist 2012 - Risa Ozaki
Semi Finals 2006 - Ayumi Morita

Roland Garros
Semi Finals 2005 - Ayumi Morita
3rd Round 2013 - Ayaka Okuno

Wimbledon
3rd Round 2009 - Akiko Omae
3rd Round 2011 - Risa Ozaki
Quarter Finals 2006 - Ayumi Morita
Semi Finals 2009 - Miyabi Inoue
Runner Up 2010 - Sachie Ishizu

US Open
3rd Round 2006 - Ayumi Morita
3rd Round 2008 - Kurumi Nara
Quarter Finals 2003 - Ryoko Fuda

Really interesting that the Australian Open seems to bring the most success.
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US Open
R1 - Miho Kowase (JPN) vs (WC) Kyle McPhillips (USA)
R1 - Eri Hozumi (JPN) vs (Q) Julia Elbaba (USA)
R1 - (Q) Risa Ozaki (JPN) vs Ons Jabeur (TUN)
R1 - (Q) Miyu Kato (JPN) vs (9) Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN)
R1 - Emi Mutaguchi (JPN) vs Ester Goldfeld (USA)

Pretty tough matches, the only girl I realistically see winning her first round is Eri Hozumi, who is coached by Ai Sugiyama's mom! Miho might have a small chance, but McPhillips has had some promising results on the WTA tour.

Elsewhere, Akiko Omae (#71) is playing the quallies of the 25k ITF event in Noto this week. Last week, she successfully qualified for 25k Noto with two impressive wins over Ai Yamamoto and Erika Takao. Omae seems to be making some good progress towards the senior tour. Last year, she defeated former top 100 player Meng Yuan in Gifu.
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Emi Mutaguchi def. Ester Goldfeld 5-7 6-2 6-1

Very nice win for Emi
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(WC) Kyle McPhillips def. Miho Kowase 6-4 6-4
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Emi Mutaguchi


Miho Kowase


Akiko Omae qualified for the 25k Noto event and has a winnable first round match.
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(9) Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) def. Miyu Kato (JPN) 6/0 6/2
Ons Jabeur (TUN) def. Risa Ozaki (JPN) 6/1 6/2

Two expected losses.
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Eri Hozumi (JPN) def. Julia Elbaba (USA) 6/3 7/6
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R2 - Cristina Dinu (ROU) def. Emi Mutaguchi (JPN) 6/1 6/1
R2 - Karolina Pliskova (CZE) def. Eri Hozumi (JPN) 6/0 6/3

Omae lost in round one of Noto as well
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Eri Hozumi


Risa Ozaki


Miyu Kato
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Hozumi

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Re: Japanese Juniors Thread

Strong appearance at 2011 AO.

12 girls played the main draw!
6 advanced to the second round and 3 advanced to the third round.
In doubles, finalists (2), one more in quarterfinal!!

Hope they will survive in the senior (WTA) tour too!
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Kanami Tsuji seems like a great prospect
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I'm going to try and update who the top 15 ranked juniors are at the 1st of each month, I think it will be interesting to see how these girls develop. There is a lot of depth at the moment, and several standout 1995 and 1996 prospects that seem really good. Hopefully some of the girls will try playing some pro tournaments this year.

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Rankings from February, 28

1. (17) Miho Kowase 1/18/1995
2. (41) Eri Hozumi 2/17/1994
3. (42) Miyu Kato 11/21/1994
4. (54) Emi Mutaguchi 9/30/1993
5. (59) Makoto Ninomiya 5/28/1994
6. (88) Risa Ozaki 4/10/1994
7. (93) Rio Kitagawa 9/15/1993
8. (99) Nao Hibino 11/28/1994
9. (101) Mami Adachi 3/18/1996
10. (103) Kanami Tsuji 1/24/1996
11. (106) Ayaka Okuno 6/21/1995
12. (165) Riko Sawayanagi 10/15/1994
13. (183) Kana Daniel 7/30/1995 WTA #992
14. (228) Mana Ayukawa 9/14/1994 WTA #1152
15. (244) Sanae Ohta 1/16/1994

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Also, here is a great video of Miho upsetting Monica Puig at the Osaka GA tournament last fall. I love her game She's had some tough luck at the clay tournaments in South America the last few weeks but its understandable.

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Most of the top juniors are playing the G1 tournaments this week in Paraguay and Thailand

Chang LTAT ITF Junior Championships, Thailand, G1
R1: Nao Hibino (JPN) v Abbie Myers (AUS)
R1: Kanami Tsuji (JPN) v Stephanie Nauta (USA)
R1: Yuliya Lysa (UKR) v Riko Sawayanagi (JPN)
R1: Mana Ayukawa (JPN) v Patricia Maria Tig (ROU)
R1: Rio Kitagawa (JPN) v (q)Yuxuan Zhang (CHN)
R1: (3)Miyu Kato (JPN) v Bye
R1: (15)Risa Ozaki (JPN) v Bye
R1: (2)Eri Hozumi (JPN) v Bye

31st Asuncion Bowl, Paraguay, G1 (Clay)

R1: (1)Miho Kowase (JPN) v Bye
R1: (10)Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) v Bye
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