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Japan’s Akiko Morigami downed Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the women’s singles on the fourth day of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Japanese ace Ai Sugiyama and Shinobu Asagoe had already cleared the second round, the first time in seven years that three Japanese women have advanced to the third round at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, the Japanese pair of Rika Fujiwara and Saori Obata lost to top seeds Virginia Ruano Pascual of Spain and Paola Suarez of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the women’s doubles.

Suzuki ousted

WIMBLEDON, England (Kyodo) Japan’s Takao Suzuki crashed out of the men’s singles competition Thursday after being handed a straight-sets defeat by Karol Kucera on the fourth day of action at the Wimbledon championships.

Suzuki, the first Japanese man to make it into the second round of the main draw of a Grand Slam event in seven years, was unable to go one round further as he was outclassed by his Slovakian opponent 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

“I gave it everything I had,” Suzuki said after the match. “I may not have been able to win but I certainly enjoyed myself out there today,” he added.

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