Inspiring victories, outstanding achievements and crushing defeats you may have missed from the last week of Japan-focused sports news:
- Swimming star Rikako Ikee, who is recovering from leukemia, was in tears Sunday after winning the women’s 100-meter butterfly on Sunday at Japan’s national championships. Ikee finished in 57.77 seconds, guaranteeing a berth at the Tokyo Olympics in the 4×100 medley relay. She is competing in two more Olympic qualifying events at the championships.
- There were more tears a day earlier as Japan’s Tsubasa Kajitani beat Emilia Migliaccio in a playoff to win the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. “I can’t describe it,” the 17-year-old golfer said of her feelings at winning the tournament hosted by the fabled club in Georgia.
- Naomi Osaka’s 23-match winning streak came to an end Wednesday, as the world No. 2 was stunned by Maria Sakkari 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. The loss dashed Osaka’s hopes of overtaking No. 1 seed Australian Ash Barty at the top of the world rankings for now.
- Rui Hachimura tied his career high with 30 points, but it was not enough to deliver a win for the Washington Wizards as they fell 114-104 at home to the Charlotte Hornets last Tuesday. The Wizards have a 17-31 win-loss record, leaving them 12th in the NBA Eastern Conference.
- With a brave last-lap pass, Yuki Tsunoda claimed ninth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix, scoring two championship points in his Formula One debut last Sunday. In becoming the first Japanese driver to score points since Kamui Kobayashi in 2012, Tsunoda passed former F1 champions Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonnen.