Hirano, Ito enjoy historic victory

Kyodo

Miu Hirano and Mima Ito made table tennis history on Sunday when they became the youngest-ever doubles winners in the history of the ITTF Tour with victory in the women’s final at the German Open.

The 13-year-old eighth-seeded pair beat fourth-seeds Katarzyna Grzybowska and Natalia Partyka of Poland in straight sets 11-9, 11-7, 11-7.

The result also means that Ito is the youngest-ever winner of an ITTF World Tour title and Miu Hirano is the third, according to the sport’s world governing body.

Ito is 13 years, 160 days old; she surpasses the achievement of China’s Guo Yue, who was 13 years and 224 days old when she won the women’s doubles title at the Austrian Open in 2002. Hirano is 13 years and 350 days old.

“We have been training together since we were four years old; this is our first title on the world tour, we trained hard so we deserve it,” Ito was quoted as saying by ITTF.com.

“We are very happy winning this big title and being the youngest-ever players to do so; but we are not satisfied, we want to keep on winning titles.”

Added Hirano: “We can’t believe that we have won $5,000. We are going to buy a treat for ourselves and presents for our parents, friends and coaches.”