Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Nishikori, Osaka end Japan’s 23-year wait for Slam double

Trailblazer: Kei Nishikori on his way to victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber © AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

NEW YORK, United States, Sep 4Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka carved out a little bit of history at the US Open on Monday when they became the first Japanese players in 23 years to reach the quarter-finals of the same Grand Slam.

Nishikori, the 2014 runner-up, downed German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 while Osaka reached a first last-eight at a major with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

The last Japanese duo to make the quarters at the same Slam were Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date at Wimbledon in 1995.

“Seeing Kei do really well in Wimbledon, that really inspired me,” said Osaka of her compatriot’s achievement of being the first Japanese man in 23 years to get to the Wimbledon last-eight in July.

“I always thought if I can keep up with him, that would be really cool. So yeah, I’m glad I was able to be a part of something like that today.”

Nishikori has been a long-time — if lonely — trailblazer for Japanese tennis.

He has made the quarter-finals at the Australian Open (2012, 2015 and 2016), Roland Garros (2015 and 2017), Wimbledon this year and was a semi-finalist in New York in 2016, two years after losing the final to Marin Cilic.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

More on Capital Sports


NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – There is light at the end of the tunnel. After failed promises over the last three years since its...


NAIROBI, Kenya, June 8 – Olympic Champion Caster Semenya and wife Violet Raseboya have hinted that they might be expecting a baby in a...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Daniel Wanjiru, the 2017 London Marathon champion has been slapped with a four-year ban by the World Athletics Disciplinary...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – Kenya’s history making Daniel Adongo, the first Kenyan to play in America’s National Football League (NFL), is now living...

© 2020 Capital Digital Media. Capital Group Limited. All Rights Reserved