by Wade Townsend
Hirano defeated Kasumi Ishikawa 4-2 in the final at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium this afternoon.
In doing so Hirano has become the youngest woman ever to win the title.
“Last year I also played with Ishikawa in the final but I lost then. Today, I really want to win this title. Because I would not be the youngest champion in history unless I win this year. I am very happy now.” Miu Hirano
Ishikawa was looking to claim her fourth straight title and her fifth overall but wasn’t able to overcome her younger opponent.
“After losing the fifth game, I was slightly impatient but I still kept my own rhythm, so I won at last.” Miu Hirano
Hirano has continued her good form after finishing 2016 by winning Seamaster Women’s World Cup, the youngest player ever to take the title.
“I want to thank my coach and all fans who always stand by me and support me.” Miu Hirano