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Friday, March 5, 2010

Honma in New Zealand

The New Zealand Wheelchair Tennis Open is on in Hamilton, New Zealand. The Japanese contingent is doing well, but I'll concentrate on Masahiro Honma, who I know and who is blogging from NZ.

Japan's Fujimoto is second seed; Honma fourth. Honma won his first match with Australian "Andrew," 6-2, 6-3. Honma took a fall, which he is not prone to do, but all turned out OK.

He won the second match with Lee Hinson, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5. That put Honma right where he was seeded, in the top four. Tomorrow he plays in the semifinals. In that semifinal game, he must face his teammate, Fujimoto.

Honma writes of a quad player who he respects tremendously. James McCloud. He's won the Waikato Quad six times in a row, Honma says. "He can move only his right hand, but he's quick. He's not very big, but he's a great tennis player." Will he make this his seventh quad victory at Waikato? or will the top seeded Koga win? "Tomorrow will be very interesting," Honda says.

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