• Kyodo


Shinobu Asagoe defeated Italian Francesca Schiavone 7-5, 6-2 in the women’s singles at the Wimbledon championships on Friday, advancing to the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time.

Asagoe, who will meet fifth-seeded Lindsay Davenport of the United States in the next round, and Ai Sugiyama, who beat Nathalie Dechy 6-4, 6-4, became the first Japanese pair since 1996 to book places in the last 16 of the women’s singles in any of the majors.

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