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Tennis: Hontama loses at Wimbledon as Japan's singles tilt fizzles

Japan's Mai Hontama celebrates winning a point from France's Diane Parry in a second-round women's singles match on day three of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, on June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

LONDON (Kyodo) -- Mai Hontama, the last Japanese player alive in the Wimbledon singles draw, lost her second-round match to France's Diane Parry on Wednesday.

    On day three of the season's premier grass court tournament, Hontama suffered a 6-3, 6-2 loss in the women's round of 64, ending her maiden main draw appearance at the tournament in southwest London.

    "I'm really disappointed. I didn't move around the court well," said Hontama, who won three qualifying matches to seal her place in the main draw before advancing through the first round in a walkover.

    "Playing here was a valuable experience for me. I have a strong desire to compete on this stage again."

    In the women's doubles, the fifth seed pairing of Japanese Ena Shibahara and American Asia Muhammad beat the all-British team of Sarah Beth Grey and Yuriko Miyazaki 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the second round.

    Japan's Shuko Aoyama, with her Taiwanese partner Chan Hao-ching, also cruised to a first-round victory, defeating China's Wang Xiyu and Zheng Qinwen 7-5, 6-3.

    Also on Wednesday, two of British tennis's biggest stars, two-time Wimbledon winner Andy Murray and last year's U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu, crashed out in the second round.

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