Japan’s 25 year old Sayaka Hirano, a vital member of Japan’s bronze medal winning women’s team at the recent Liebherr World Team Championships in Moscow, won the Women’s Singles title at the Indian Open in New Delhi on Sunday 20th June 2010.
Seeded no.2, she beat Singapore’s Yu Meng Yu, the no.1 seed, in four straight games to capture gold.
Sayaka Hirano won 11-7, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9.
It was yet another fine performance in an event where she was never seriously threatened, neat and accurate with her stroke, totally focused, giving her opponents the “Hirano Stare” before serving, she surrendered just three games en route to the top step of the medal podium.
The nearest any player came to arresting the progress of Sayaka Hirano was to extract the mere morsel of one game.
Colleague Reiko Hiura, Li Jiao of the Netherlands and Hwang Ji Na of Korea all secured one game against the champion elect but they were small crumbs of comfort.
The victory in New Delhi was her third Women’s Singles of her career on the ITTF Pro Tour and in finals it would seem she is becoming more accustomed to the situation each time she plays.
In Serbia in 2006 she clinched her first title beating Italy’s Wenling Tan Monfardini in a close seven games encounter, her next Women’s Singles final came in 2009 in Germany when she beat Viktoria Pavlovich of Belarus in five games.
Now at the India Open she succeeded in four straight games; life just cannot become better.
No Double for Yu Meng Yu
Meanwhile, for Yu Meng Yu, hopes of defending her title, her one and only career ITTF Pro Tour Women’s Singles crown and adding to the Under 21 Women’s Singles title won one day earlier, were dashed.
Sayaka Hirano was not to be denied.