Andrew Mckirdy

Andrew McKirdy is a sports writer for The Japan Times. His main beat is soccer, but he has also covered rugby, tennis, volleyball, golf and even tug-of-war. A native of the Scottish Borders, he has written for The Scotsman newspaper and organized filming for a program on Japanese soccer for ITV television.

For Andrew Mckirdy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Reds stroll past Gamba

/ Oct 2, 2016

Reds stroll past Gamba

Urawa Reds moved top of the overall J. League table and exorcized a few demons along the way with a 4-0 win over Gamba Osaka on Saturday. Reds, who had lost their last four games against Gamba, took a sixth-minute lead at Saitama Stadium ...

Wozniacki halts Osaka's run in Pan Pacific Open final

/ Sep 25, 2016

Wozniacki halts Osaka's run in Pan Pacific Open final

Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki denied teenage sensation Naomi Osaka her first title on the WTA Tour with a 7-5, 6-3 win in the Pan Pacific Open final on Sunday. Eighteen-year-old Osaka was aiming to become the tournament’s first Japanese champion since Kimiko ...

Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

/ Sep 23, 2016

Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

Rising teenage star Naomi Osaka reached her first-ever semifinal on the WTA Tour after conquering her demons in a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Pan Pacific Open on Friday. Eighteen-year-old Osaka, who toppled world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova ...

Overpowering Osaka eliminates Cibulkova

/ Sep 21, 2016

Overpowering Osaka eliminates Cibulkova

Teenage sensation Naomi Osaka claimed her biggest scalp to date after beating world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. Eighteen-year-old Osaka, whose appearance and playing style have drawn comparisons with her idol Serena ...

J. League chairman denies single-stage return a done deal

/ Sep 20, 2016

J. League chairman denies single-stage return a done deal

J. League chairman Mitsuru Murai on Tuesday denied that the league has already decided to return to a single-stage format from next season but confirmed that the idea is under consideration. The J. League last season adopted a two-stage league system with postseason playoffs ...

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

/ Sep 10, 2016

Reysol ease past struggling Antlers

Kashiwa Reysol heaped further pressure on Kashima Antlers and beleaguered manager Masatada Ishii with a 2-0 win over the first-stage champions on Saturday. Ishii returned to the Antlers bench at Hitachi Stadium for his first J. League match since missing Kashima’s 2-2 draw with ...