Last year, Mima Ito, who won the women's singles at the All Japan Table Tennis Championships, lost to a high school student in the sixth round.
The tournament was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, and on the 27th, the 5th day, the 6th round of the men's and women's singles was held. Ito, who is aiming to win the women's singles for the second time in a row, will compete with Sakura Yokoi, a third-year student at Shitennoji High School in Osaka. We played against each other.
Ito struggled with Yokoi's shots from the beginning of the match, and he made a series of mistakes as he took three games in a row.
In the 4th game, I attacked with my characteristic serve, but in the 5th game, I continued to make mistakes. Lost in the 6th round.
It was the first time since 2017, when Ito was eliminated in the fifth round, that she failed to advance to the quarterfinals.
Kasumi Ishikawa, who is aiming to win the women's singles for the first time in two years, won 4 to 3 after a fierce full-game battle with Miyu Kato, who she lost in this tournament last year.
In addition, Hina Hayata, who is aiming for her first win in three years, won 4-1, and Miu Hirano, who is aiming for her first win in six years, won 4-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals.
In the men's singles, last year's champion Shunsuke Togami won 4-2, and Tomokazu Harimoto, who is aiming for his first victory in five years, won 4-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Mima Ito sheds tears, "I was beaten by the other party."
Ito said, "I didn't get the timing right with my opponent at the start of the first game. It wasn't a bad development, but I kept getting beaten by my opponent. I was stubborn and wanted to catch up, but the starting point was the game,” he said with tears in his eyes.
On top of that, "I thought that if there were so many things I couldn't do, I wouldn't be able to have an interesting match. I didn't feel like giving up because I was willing to work hard to catch up, but it's important to have the ability to take the plunge when the opponent comes at me. At the All Japan Championships, the first match and the first game are especially important, and I'm lacking in those areas."
Ahead of the women's doubles semi-finals on the 28th, she changed her mindset, saying, "I could rely on Hayata in today's match. She will sleep a lot and I want to do my best tomorrow as well."
Hina Hayata "I liked her calmness"
Hayata, who is aiming to win the women's singles for the first time in three years, defeated Tomokazu Harimoto's sister, 14-year-old Miwa Harimoto, in the sixth round with a game count of 4 to 1.
Hayata said, "Harimoto is not at the same level as a 14-year-old, and I see him on the same level as a senior. I haven't taken any measures, but his condition is different from when I played him before, so let's change our tactics." I entered the game," he said.
And after the deuce, about the second game that he won, he said, "I was trying various serves for the next third game, so I was able to take a step back and play the match. , I think it was good to be calm."
Also, in the women's doubles teaming with Mima Ito, she won the quarterfinals with ease, saying, "Although we had almost no information about the opponent's pair, we were able to play while showing our uniqueness in the key points. I wish I could check the tactics while checking."