Japan Open gets Started with big Second Round Matches set up

Shingo Kunieda in action (Photo: Ando Akria/ITF)

The ITF Japan Open is set for one heck of a second round men’s singles match as Shingo Kunieda and Gustavo Fernandez will meet in the second round following first round wins on Tuesday.

Both men are recent champions and they earned their wins in straight sets, with a number of the big players in the tournament advancing easily. The bottom half of the draw, which both men are in, was full of straight sets victory for the seeded players.

Kunieda comes in well support as the home favorite, having won the title eight times while Fernandez claimed the 2012 title. Both run through comfortably against Japanese opposition, Fernandez winning 6-0, 6-0 while Kunieda won 6-1, 6-1.

The Japanese star is looking to get back on track after taking a break following his solid performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The match will give him a chance at breaking back in to the top 10 as the world number 11 will take on the world number 4, the winner no doubt solidifying a top 10 place.

A third former champion will join those two in the second round as Satoshi Saida has advanced along with two more Japanese players Daisuke Arai and Takashi Sanada. The World number two Gord Reid has also advanced for what should be a big second round.

In the quad singles an all-Australian tie has been set up as the doubles Paralympic champions will have to face off against each other. Heath Davidson has advanced to the second round as he won through, putting him against the world number one.



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