Table Tennis: Matsudaira Joins Japan Squad For World Team C'ships

Table tennis: Matsudaira joins Japan squad for world team c'shipsKenji Matsudaira has been added to the Japanese men's squad for the March 25-April 1 world team championships in Dortmund, Germany, the Japan Table Tennis Association said Thursday.   The addition of the 22-year-old Matsudaira completed the five-man squad that includes world No. 9 Jun Mizutani and No. 16 Seiya Kishikawa.

Nishikori Reaches 2nd Round In Argentina

Nishikori reaches 2nd round in ArgentinaRising Japanese star Kei Nishikori reached the second round of the Copa Claro with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory over former top-ranked Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain on Monday.   The fourth-seeded Nishikori reached the quarterfinals last month of the Australian Open and showed in Argentina he can also play on outdoor clay, probably his least favorite surface.

Tennis: Japan Beats Slovenia To Reach Fed Cup Playoffs

Tennis: Japan beats Slovenia to reach Fed Cup playoffsJapan earned a spot in the Fed Cup World Group playoffs as Ayumi Morita gave the country an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Slovenia with a victory in Sunday's first reverse singles match.   Morita, ranked 64th in the world, defeated 36th-ranked Polona Hercog 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 in the first round of World Group II play at Bourbon Beans Dome in Hyogo Prefecture.

Tennis: Nishikori Reaches Career-high 20th In World Rankings

Tennis: Nishikori reaches career-high 20th in world rankingsJapan's Kei Nishikori has risen to a career high of 20th in the world, according to the latest ATP rankings.   His quarterfinal finish at the just concluded Australian Open moved Nishikori up six spots from Jan. 16.   Last October, Nishikori became the highest-ranked Japanese player ever in men's tennis when he climbed to 30th to break a tie with Shuzo Matsuoka, who reached 46th in July 1992.

Tennis: Nishikori Advances To Australian Open Q'finals

Tennis: Nishikori advances to Australian Open q'finalsJapan's Kei Nishikori outlasted Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in five sets Monday to book a quarterfinals berth in the men's singles at the Australian Open.   Nishikori, the 24th seed, rallied 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 against No. 6 seed Tsonga to reach the final eight for the first time at a Grand Slam.

Tennis: Nishikori Eases To 1st-round Win At Australian Open

Tennis: Nishikori eases to 1st-round win at Australian OpenJapan's Kei Nishikori began his Australian Open campaign with a comfortable 6-1, 7-6(7), 6-0 victory over Stephane Robert of France on Tuesday.   The 24th-seeded Nishikori needed just 19 minutes to take the first set and came back from being down 5-3 in the second set.   He broke his opponent's serve seven times while dropping his own only once.  

Tennis: Nishikori Causes Another Upset In Aussie Open Warm-up

Tennis: Nishikori causes another upset in Aussie Open warm-upJapan's Kei Nishikori ended his Australian Open warm-up in style on Friday with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over former world No. 1 Andy Roddick at the Kooyong Classic.   Nishikori defeated sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 16th-ranked Roddick in two days after being called up at the last minute to replace Canada's Milos Raonic.  

Tennis: Nishikori Beats Tsonga In Aussie Open Warm-up

Tennis: Nishikori beats Tsonga in Aussie Open warm-upKei Nishikori gave himself a confidence boost for the Australian Open on Thursday, defeating world No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the invitational Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.   Nishikori, who was called up to replace Milos Raonic after the Canadian withdrew because of illness, dropped the first set 6-1 but won the next two 6-4, 6-1 against Tsonga.  

Virtual Table Tennis Game

Virtual table tennis gameAt this year's Tokyo Toy Show , on Happinet’s display stood a virtual ping pong game called High Tension Table Tennis, which operates based on sound and motion sensor technology.

Offered in two grip types, shakehand and penhold style, this paddle-shaped cordless novelty toy gives users a realistic virtual experience of playing table tennis wherever they desire.

Sega Virtua Tennis 4

Virtua Tennis 4Tennis 4 (Sega Professional Tennis: Power Smash 4 in Japan) is the third sequel to Sega's tennis game franchise, Virtua Tennis. Initially announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive game that will take advantage of the PlayStation Move controller, the game will also be released Wii (with Wii MotionPlus support). In the ending of the first trailer released, PC has also been listed as one of the platform which was later confirmed on 30th March 2011.

Ishikawa Wins Women's Crown

Kasumi IshikawaHigh school girl Kasumi Ishikawa defeated Hiroko Fujii in the women's singles final to claim her first title at the table tennis national championships on Saturday.

Ishikawa, who is 17 years, 10 months, trounced Fujii 12-10, 11-9, 11- 7, 11-9. Rika Sato, who achieved the same feat at the age of 17 years, 1 month at the 1988 meet, is the youngest to have ever won a national title.

Japan Wins 2 Equestrian Golds

Japan wins 2 equestrian goldsJapan's Kenki Sato completed a golden double in the men's equestrian eventing competition with victory in the individual discipline on Saturday, but Beijing Olympic silver medal-winning fencer Yuki Ota had to make do with a bronze in the men's individual foil event at the Asian Games.

Sato helped Japan take the team gold before going on to triumph with 42.30 points ahead of South Korea's Cheon Jai Sik (47.10) and Japanese teammate Yoshiaki Oiwa (47.80).