Top seed Niwa too strong for Walker

Paul Stimpson

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Sam Walker took two sets off top seed Koki Niwa before bowing out of the Austrian Open in Linz.

Walker took the first set and later levelled at 2-2, but the left-handed world No 19 was able to pull clear and win their last-64 clash.

Walker’s under-21 singles run was also ended by a Japanese southpaw as Yuma Tsuboi won 3-1, though Walker saved five match points after finding himself 10-6 down in the fourth. He also missed a game point of his own before succumbing 14-12.

Click here to watch the match against Tsuboi


Men's Singles

Round of 64
  • Koki Niwa (JPN) bt Sam Walker 4-2 (10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7)

Under-21 Men's Singles

Round of 32
  • Yuma Tsuboi (JPN) bt Walker 3-1 (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 14-12)

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