Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi advanced to the third round of the women's singles with a stunning straight-sets win over China's Zheng Jie at Wimbledon on Thursday.
The 20-year-old lefthander eased to a 6-3, 6-1 victory in 72 minutes to become the first Japanese woman to reach the third round since Ai Sugiyama in 2009.
Honda, who has started in four of five games for finalists Japan, was among four nominees including South Korea’s Park Ji Sung, Mark Schwarzer of Australia and Server Djeparov of Uzbekistan.
Yokohama F Marinos on Tuesday named former Japan international midfielder Shunsuke Nakamura as the team’s captain for the upcoming season.
‘‘With everyone’s cooperation I will make a big effort so that when it comes to the end of the season people hopefully will think I was the right person for the captain’s job,’’ Nakamura said in a club statement.
Sendai will be Marquinhos’ sixth J1 club. He joined Tokyo Verdy in 2001 and had stints with Yokohama F Marinos, JEF United Ichihara and Shimizu S-Pulse before spearheading Kashima Antlers to three successive championship titles from 2007 to 2009.