Mizutani cruises to national title

Kyodo News

Jun Mizutani defeated Kaii Yoshida in four games in the final to capture his fourth straight singles title at the national table tennis championships Sunday.

Mizutani downed Yoshida 11-4, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 a day after capturing his fourth consecutive doubles title with partner Seiya Kishikawa at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

The 20-year-old Mizutani became the third player to win four singles titles in a row and the first since Kiyoshi Saito won in 1982-85.

In the women’s doubles, Hiroko Fujii and Misako Wakamiya captured their first national title with a 14-12, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7 win over Sayaka Hirano and Reiko Hiura.

Ai Fukuhara and Kasumi Ishikawa lost to the champion pair three games to one in the quarterfinals.