Soeda defends national tennis title

Kyodo News

Top seed Go Soeda beat Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) to successfully defend his singles title at the national championships on Sunday.

Soeda moved into a 3-0 lead to take control of the first set at Ariake Tennis Forest Park and although fourth-seeded Sugita made a fist of it in the second, Soeda’s penetrating groundstrokes proved the difference as he went on to claim victory.

“I stayed strong until the end and that brought me victory,” said Soeda. “I was a better fighter in the final.”