French Open Wheelchair Division Women’s Singles Uechi wins for the fourth time October 9 at 9:09 p.m.
In the women’s singles final of the wheelchair section of the French Open, the four major tennis tournaments held in Paris, Uechi Yui won the championship for the fourth time in two years by defeating Momoko Otani.
On the 9th, the women’s singles final of the French Open Wheelchair Tennis Division was the first match between the Japanese teams in the finals of the four major tournaments.
The match was held in the second place in the world rankings, and the 26-year-old Uechi showed steady play both offensively and defensively from the start, overwhelming the 10th and 25-year-old Otani in the world rankings, taking the first set 6-2 and the second set 6-1 to win the championship for the fourth time in two years in a straight set count of 2-0.
Uechi won the four major championships following the Australian Open.
On the other hand, Otani, who lost four major tournaments, had just made his first appearance at the U.S. Open last month, and his second major tournament, the French Open, beat the world’s no.1 player in the semi-finals.
What is Momoko Otani who was defeated?
Momoko Ohtani is a 25-year-old from Tochigi Prefecture.
It is currently based in Saga Prefecture.
When I was in my third year of high school, I played in the national high school team playing tennis for healthy people, but after graduating from high school, my right leg began to cramp when I was 18 years old, and then I started playing wheelchair tennis at the age of 20.
I have played in a wheelchair for more than four years, but I have a forehand shot that I especially spin by making use of the tennis skills and experience I had cultivated by my high school days.
In the past year, I have seen growth in chairwork techniques that operate wheelchairs, which has been a challenge, and I made my first appearance in four major tournaments at the U.S. Open last month.
Ohtani “I want to do my best to be recognized more”
Otani Momoko said, “I was able to play calmly after I entered the court, but I still think it’s my ability to get away with the score. It was pretty much Uechi’s pace and I couldn’t get back to playing. Uechi’s defense was high, and I learned how to choose when to attack in front of him.”
At the award ceremony, Uechi said, “I hope we can play against each other in the finals of next year’s Paralympic Games,” and he vowed to make further leaps forward.