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Harimoto and Mima Wins Hungarian Open

Harimoto and Mima Wins Hungarian Open

2020 ITTF Hungarian Open has concluded and Tomokazu Harimoto and Mima Ito gained victory in Men’s and Women’s event in Budapest on Sunday.

Both Mima and Harimoto claimed their first ITTF World Tour title for the year 2020.

Harimoto, the world No. 5, defeated Yukiya Uda 4-1 in an all-Japanese men’s singles final at Budapest Olympic Hall after the pair dispatched Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov and England’s Liam Pitchford, respectively, in the semifinals.

I was looking forward to this final to take my revenge after this year’s All Japan Championships. After winning the second game I was in control of the match, my confidence grew point by point and I started to play at a higher level. I am very happy about the title and the fact I was able to elevate my game to a high level in Budapest. - Tomokazu Harimoto

In the women’s singles, Ito, ranked third in the race to the Tokyo Olympics, persevered for a 4-3 victory over Taiwan’s Cheng I-ching, who had scraped past Japan national team stalwart Kasumi Ishikawa in the semifinals.

We have played each other a number of times, so we know each other’s game really well. It is never easy to come up against her. Game six was very important when I changed the direction of play. For the final game I played stronger and I found my rhythm. I am very happy about taking the trophy here in Budapest. - Mima Ito

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