Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Finals

Jiri Vesely (CZE) Jiri Vesely showed why he is the world number one and all but guaranteed his place there in the year-end rankings thanks to a second Grade A title of the year at the Osaka Mayor’s Cup.

The 18-year-old became the first Czech player to win the event after being taken to three sets by Lucas Pouille. He’s now finally added to the Australian Open crown he gained in January having lost in the US Open final.

It proved to be one step too far for Frenchman Pouille, who had beaten second seed Luke Saville amongst other seeded players to get to the final.

The pair had only met on one other occasion, with Vesely recovering from a first set loss to triumph on the clay of last year’s Banana Bowl. This year on hard court, Vesely won the opener but costly mistakes in the second set meant the world number 131 levelled the scores.

An early break in the decider let the top seed in and he punished his opponent clinically to take the match 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

It was a good day all round for the Czech as him and partner Kaichi Uchida also took the boys’ doubles crown after a rain delay on Saturday postponed the match. They eventually defeated Luke Saville and Andrew Harris 1-6, 7-5 [10-4].

For the second year running a Japanese finalist lost out in the girls’ event. Miho Kowase couldn’t stop Saisai Zheng from winning in 2010 and Makoto Ninomiya suffered the same fate against Poland’s Zuzanna Maciejewska.

Seventh seed Ninomiya went into the match as favourite given her higher ranking position and support from the home crowd but 12th seed Maciejewska wasn’t overawed.

It took her a while to get going, the first set going to a tiebreak which she scraped 7-5 but after that she ran riot to win 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. She is the first Polish champion at the Osaka Mayor’s Cup after going one better than Aleksandra Olsza’s runner-up spot in 1995.

There was, however, some joy for the Japanese audience as home players Mami Adachi and Eri Hozumi edged compatriots Miyu Kato and Riko Sawayanagi 5-7, 7-5 [10-7] in the girls’ doubles final.

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Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Semi-finals

Top seed Jiri Vesely ended Kaichi Uchida’s dreams of a home victory in the Osaka Mayor’s Cup after clinching a straight sets win but hopes are still alive in the girls’ draw.

Fourth seed Uchida has always done well in his home tournament, breaking through as a qualifier in 2008 and had reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon this year. But once again he failed to make his Grade A final debut despite putting up a fight in the second set losing 6-1, 7-5.

World number one Vesely has gone from strength to strength since claiming the Australian Open crown in January having reached the final of the US Open and featured in the Davis Cup alongside fellow Czechs Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek.

He’s now into his third Grade A final of the year where he will face Lucas Pouille of France. Having a junior ranking of 131 is somewhat undeserved for Pouille as he’s concentrated on the Futures this year following a quarter-final run at the Australian Open.

The 17-year-old has defeated four seeds en route to the final including second seed Luke Saville and followed that up with another win over Aussie opposition in the semis.

Nick Kyrgios, the 14th seed, put in a hard fought display having won the first set on a tiebreak before losing the second the same way. Pouille managed to gain the crucial break in the third though, to take it 6-4.

The last Japanese winner in the girls’ event was Kurumi Nara in 2007 and this year’s seventh seed is one step away from matching that triumph.

Makoto Ninomiya, from Hiroshima, defeated her sixth seeded opponent Kathinka Von Deichmann thanks to her superior shot power and grit to come back from a set down.

With just four places separating them in the rankings it was always going to be a close match and after winning a second set tiebreak 7-4, Ninomiya clinched the match 6-4 in the third.

In contrast, the other semi-final was more of a rout. Polish 12th seed Zuzanna Maciejewska disposed of 13th seed Ratnika Batra easily and if it wasn’t for the solitary game the Indian secured in the first set it would have been a double bagel.

Batra complained of an injury to her right leg after the match but accepted the loss against a player who’s only dropped one set in the whole tournament.

It will be the first Grade A final for both Ninomiya and Maciejewska.

Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Quarter-finals

World number three and junior Wimbledon champion Luke Saville provided the biggest shock of the quarter-finals and perhaps the tournament as he lost to unseeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille in straight sets.

For Pouille, it may not have been that great a surprise as the in-form 17-year-old had already taken out the likes of 12th seed Rishabdev Raman and seventh seed Herkko Pollanen before facing Aussie second seed Saville.

The two had previously met in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open where Saville came out on top but this time he was on the end of a 6-4, 6-4 defeat meaning the world number 131 is the only unseeded player in the last four of both the boys’ and girls’ draws.

Jiri Vesely is now in a prime position to add to the Australian Open crowd he secured against Saville in the final after beating another Aussie in the last eight. Andrew Harris (9) pushed the top seed close in the first set but the Czech won the tiebreak and ran away with the match 7-5, 6-0.

His opponent in the semi-finals will be tough. Home favourite and fourth seed Kaichi Uchida stands in his way of a third Grade A final of the year following his 6-3, 7-5 victory over compatriot Soichiro Moritani.

Australia does still have an interest in the event with Pouille taking on 14th seed Nick Kyrgios after he avenged his nation with a straight sets win against Gregoire Barrere of France.

There was more of a customary feel to the quarter-final matches in the girls’ event. The last four spaces have all been filled by seeds meaning the spirited runs of Katy Dunne, Justine De Sutter and in particular Japanese wildcard Yukato Noi have all ground to a halt.

Dunne was beaten by Polish 12th seed Zuzanna Maciejewska, De Sutter was crushed by Indian 13th seed Ratnika Batra while Noi put in a fighting performance but ultimately lost to fellow home player and seventh seed Makoto Ninomiya.

Kathinka Von Deichmann (6) of Liechtenstein completes the last four line-up after beating Olga Doroshina (16). She’ll take on Ninomiya with Maciejewska playing Batra.

There was better news for Saville in the doubles as him and Andrew Harris reached the final where they’ll face Jiri Vesely and Kaichi Uchida. The girls’ doubles final will be an all-Japanese affair as Miyu Kato and Riko Sawayanagi play Eri Hozumi and Mami Adachi.

All the scores and results for the boys’ and girls’ singles as well as the boys’ and girls’ doubles are available as drawsheets via the ITF Juniors website.

Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Day 4

Japan are guaranteed to have a semi-finalist present in both the boys’ and girls’ singles of the Osaka Mayor’s Cup but there will only be one in each as eight out of 12 home players lost in the third round.

The biggest names to fall were in the girls’ draw. Second seed Miyu Kato and last year’s beaten finalist and third seed Miho Kowase were comprehensively beaten in straight sets.

India’s 13th seed Ratnika Batra defeated Kato 6-3, 6-4 while Russian 16th seed Olga Doroshina put in a remarkable performance to crush Kowase 6-3, 6-1.

They were also joined through the exit door by Nao Hibino as the ninth seed couldn’t handle former European Junior Championships quarter-finalist Kathinka Von Deichmann. The sixth seed from Liechtenstein won 6-1, 6-2.

Yukako Noi and Makoto Ninomiya did progress for the hosts though but seventh seed Ninomiya will now face wildcard Noi for that single semi-final berth.

There were other major upsets to report in the girls’ event.  Justine De Sutter came through two tiebreaks to see off Abbie Myers (11) while Katy Dunne continued her good run by claiming her second seeded scalp of the tournament in the form of Anna Tyulpa (4).

She’ll now face Zuzanna Maciejewska (12) who, like Dunne, progressed in three sets.

After losing the opening set of his tournament top seed Jiri Vesely now looks in imperious form in the boys’ competition having beaten 16th seed Joshua Ward-Hibbert after losing only two games.

Second seed Luke Saville secured a 6-4, 6-4 win and is also in good form having not lost a set thus far but third seed Nikola Milojevic is out after losing by the same scoreline to 14th seed Nick Kyrgios.

Saville and Kyrgios are one of three Aussies in the quarter-finals as fifth seed Pedja Kristen couldn’t exact revenge on Andrew Harris (9) following his fellow Serb Milojevic’s exit.

The Aussie pair of Saville and Kyrgios will both face French opponents after Gregoire Barrere and Lucas Pouille upset the odds by beating Xin Gao (6) and Herkko Pollanen (7) respectively.

Meanwhile, fourth seed and home favourite Kaichi Uchida will take on compatriot Soichiro Moritani for a place in the last four having reached the quarter-finals with straights sets wins.

The full quarter-final line-up is as follows:

Boys’ Singles

VESELY, Jiri (CZE) [1] vs. HARRIS, Andrew (AUS) [9]

UCHIDA, Kaichi (JPN) [4] vs. MORITANI, Soichiro (JPN)

BARRERE, Gregoire (FRA) vs. KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS) [14]

POUILLE, Lucas (FRA) vs. SAVILLE, Luke (AUS) [2]

Girls’ Singles

NOI, Yukako (JPN) (W) vs. NINOMIYA, Makoto (JPN) [7]

DOROSHINA, Olga (RUS) [16] vs. VON DEICHMANN, Kathinka (LIE) [6]

MACIEJEWSKA, Zuzanna (POL) [12] vs. DUNNE, Katy (GBR)

DE SUTTER, Justine (BEL) vs. BATRA, Ratnika (IND) [13]

All the scores and results for the boys’ and girls’ singles as well as the boys’ and girls’ doubles are available as drawsheets via the ITF Juniors website.

Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Day 1

Ellen Allgurin (SWE) Sweden’s Ellen Allgurin was the biggest casualty on the opening day at the Utsubo Tennis Center as the number one seed fell to Japanese wildcard Yukako Noi.

Allgurin would have fancied her chances of winning the tournament being only one of three top 50 players in Osaka and took the advantage in the first set by taking it 6-3.

However, she was unable to finish off her homegrown opponent and lost the next two sets with 18-year-old Noi winning 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in her first appearance on the ITF Junior circuit this year.

Her fellow countrywoman and fifth seed Risa Ozaki suffered a scare in her first round match by losing the opener on a tiebreak but eventually made it through 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-2.

There wasn’t such comebacks for Ayaka Okuno (8) and Kanami Tsuji (15) as they crashed out in straight sets but with Makoto Ninomiya (7) through and Miyu Kato, Miho Kowase (3) and Nao Hibino (9) still to play, a Japanese champion is still a real possibility.

Elsewhere, seeds Anna Tyulpa (4), Kathinka Von Deichmann (6), Abbie Myers (11), Ratnika Batra (13), Elke Lemmens (14) and Olga Doroshina (16) all successfully made it to round two.

The top seed in the boys’ draw also struggled against Japanese opposition. Jiri Vesely lost the first set on a tiebreak but went on to win 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-1 with relative ease.

Second seed Luke Saville along with Serbian third and fifth seeds Nikola Milojevic and Pedja Krsten all won comfortably in straight sets. A number of other seeds did fall though.

Greek Markos Kalovelonis (11) lost to 16-year-old Brit Tom Hill with New Zealand’s Jaden Grinter (10) and India’s Rishabdev Raman (12) succumbing to French duo Gregoire Barrere and Lucas Pouille respectively.

Meanwhile, Xin Gao (6), Herkko Pollanen (7), Enzo Couacaud (8) and Nick Kyrgios (14) all progressed.

All the scores and results for the boys’ and girls’ singles are available in a drawsheet via the ITF Juniors website.

Osaka Mayor’s Cup 2011 – Main Draw

As the ATP and WTA players conclude their tour of Asia it’s time for the juniors to show what they can do on the continent.

The Osaka Mayor’s Cup in Japan is the penultimate Grade A tournament of the year on the junior circuit and will feature an abundance of homegrown players.

Every single player in qualifying for boys and girls was of Japanese nationality and 65 have made it into the main draw in total.

The biggest name at the tournament this year is Czech Jiri Vesely. The boys’ world number one, 2011 Australian Open winner and US Open finalist joins Wimbledon champion Luke Saville as the favourite.

In contrast the girls’ draw lacks a main challenger. Top seed Ellen Allgurin is ranked 27th in the world so the Japanese players will feel their chance of a home victory is within their grasp.

The main draw in full is:

Boys’ Singles – 1st Round
VESELY, Jiri (CZE) [1] vs. KAWACHI, Kazuma (JPN)
GOTO, Shotaro (JPN) (W) vs. NGUYEN HOANG, Thien (VIE)
TAKAHASHI, Yusuke (JPN) (W) vs. HORIKIRI, Hiroki (JPN) (Q)
HORTON, Nicholas (AUS) vs. WARD-HIBBERT, Joshua (GBR) [16]
HARRIS, Andrew (AUS) [9] vs. TAKAGI, Satoshi (JPN) (Q)
KAJISHITA, Reiki (JPN) vs. TRONGCHAROENCHAIKUL, Wishaya (THA)
LAI, Kai-Wen (TPE) vs. TSUNEMATSU, Takumi (JPN) (Q)
HIKINO, Masatoshi (JPN) vs. KRSTIN, Pedja (SRB) [5]
UCHIDA, Kaichi (JPN) [4] vs. WATANABE, Masashi (JPN) (Q)
ILKEL, Cem (TUR) vs. HOYT, Evan (GBR)
ONISHI, Ken (JPN) vs. MIOCIC, Franko (CRO)
STORME, James Junior (BEL) vs. FRAWLEY, James (AUS) [15]
KALOVELONIS, Markos (GRE) [11] vs. HILL, Tom (GBR)
UESUGI, Kaito (JPN) (Q) vs. YAMASAKI, Jumpei (JPN)
LEE, Jea Moon (KOR) vs. MORITANI, Soichiro (JPN)
NUMAJIRI, Keisuke (JPN) vs. COUACAUD, Enzo (FRA) [8]
GAO, Xin (CHN) [6] vs. TANUMA, RYOTA (JPN)
TAKEMOTO, Yusuke (JPN) (Q) vs. KATO, Ryusei (JPN) (Q)
HUTT, Sam (GBR) vs. MURAMATSU, Yuki (JPN)
BARRERE, Gregoire (FRA) vs. GRINTER, Jaden (NZL) [10]
KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS) [14] vs. KURIBAYASHI, Souma (JPN) (W)
CORNISH, Jonathan (GBR) vs. SAITO, Takashi (JPN)
HO, Chih-Jen (TPE) vs. OIKAWA, Aiki (JPN)
KOAYKUL, Krittin (THA) vs. MILOJEVIC, Nikola (SRB) [3]
POLLANEN, Herkko (FIN) [7] vs. THOMPSON, Jordan (AUS)
HAN, Sung Min (KOR) vs. YOSHIDA, Genki (JPN)
JAO, Chi-Shan (TPE) vs. MATSUZAKI, Yutaro (JPN)
POUILLE, Lucas (FRA) vs. RAMAN, Rishabdev (IND) [12]
VANNESTE, Jeroen (BEL) [13] vs. TANIMOTO, Manato (JPN) (Q)
PAGE, Joshua (GBR) vs. OSAFUNE, Masaki (JPN) (W)
IIJIMA, Keito (JPN) vs. BENJASUPAWAN, Nattan (THA)
KATO, Shoma (JPN) (W) vs. SAVILLE, Luke (AUS) [2]

Girls’ Singles – 1st Round
ALLGURIN, Ellen (SWE) [1] vs. NOI, Yukako (JPN) (W)
HOZUMI, Eri (JPN) vs. SANKAEW, Napatsakorn (THA)
OKAWA, Mayu (JPN) vs. ZHANG, Yukun (CHN)
LIEBENS, Klaartje (BEL) vs. TSUJI, Kanami (JPN) [15]
FANNING, Emily (NZL) [10] vs. YAMAMOTO, Hikari (JPN)
USHIJIMA, Risa (JPN) (W) vs. RISCHBIETH, Brooke (AUS)
VAIDYA, Kanika (IND) vs. AGATA, Reika (JPN) (Q)
TSAO, Fang-Chi (TPE) vs. NINOMIYA, Makoto (JPN) [7]
KOWASE, Miho (JPN) [3] vs. MURASE, Hayaka (JPN) (Q)
SHANKLE, Blair (USA) vs. MUKAI, Maria (JPN) (W)
SATO, Mayu (JPN) vs. SCOTT, Verena Jane (GBR)
KAJI, Haruka (JPN) vs. DOROSHINA, Olga (RUS) [16]
HIBINO, Nao (JPN) [9] vs. NAKASHIBA, Miki (JPN) (Q)
MALIK, Aarzoo (IND) vs. CHIMURA, Natsumi (JPN)
RUHRIG, Georgiana (AUS) vs. SAKAMOTO, Asuka (JPN)
ADACHI, Mami (JPN) vs. VON DEICHMANN, Kathinka (LIE) [6]
OZAKI, Risa (JPN) [5] vs. SZLAVIKOVICS, Szabina (HUN)
OKAMURA, Kyouka (JPN) (Q) vs. SAWAYANAGI, Riko (JPN)
HOPPER, Skye (AUS) vs. OHTA, Sanae (JPN)
AYUKAWA, Mana (JPN) vs. MACIEJEWSKA, Zuzanna (POL) [12]
LEMMENS, Elke (BEL) [14] vs. OGATA, Haine (JPN)
EMI, Yukino (JPN) vs. DUNNE, Katy (GBR)
PIIRTOLA, Petra (FIN) vs. MIYAZAKI, Yuriko (JPN)
LENERTZ, Celine (AUS) vs. TYULPA, Anna (RUS) [4]
OKUNO, Ayaka (JPN) [8] vs. DE SUTTER, Justine (BEL)
STEFKOVA, Barbora (CZE) vs. NISHIGUCHI, Mao (JPN)
SOYLU, Ipek (TUR) vs. SAIGO, Yukina (JPN)
SONODA, Ayano (JPN) vs. MYERS, Abbie (AUS) [11]
BATRA, Ratnika (IND) [13] vs. YAMADA, Chieko (JPN)
KAKUYA, Akiho (JPN) (Q) vs. HIGASHI, Ayaka (JPN) (W)
SHUTO, Minami (JPN) (Q) vs. TERAMI, Karin (JPN) (Q)
HATAMORI, Misato (JPN) (Q) vs. KATO, Miyu (JPN) [2]

If you’d like to see which Japanese players missed out then a full rundown of boys’ and girls’ singles qualifying is available via the ITF Juniors website.

US Open Juniors 2011 – Boys’ Singles Round-Up

Last year saw an all-American final in the boys’ US Open juniors as Jack Sock prevailed to take glory in his home tournament.

This time there were 16 American players out to claim the title previously won by Andy Roddick, Stefan Edberg and Pat Cash.

Here’s how the tournament progressed:

Round 1: Home advantage certainly helped in the opening round of the boys’ singles as several upsets involving US players took place. Wildcard JC Aragone beat eighth seed Mate Pavic, Mitchell Krueger defeated seventh seed Dominic Thiem and Alexios Halebian saw off fifth seed Thiago Moura Monteiro to join fellow American Bjorn Fratangelo (3) in round two. The biggest shock of the round came at the bottom of the draw as Czech Adam Pavlasek won in straight sets against Wimbledon winner and second seed Luke Saville. Andrew Whittington (11), Patrick Ofner (12) and Jeson Patrombon (16) were the other casualties of note.

Round 2: In a much quieter round the only big names to fall were that of low-numbered seeds Matias Sborowitz and Joao Pedro Sorgi. The number of Americans was slashed from six to two though as only Bjorn Fratangelo and Alexios Halebian came through their matches. Luke Saville’s conqueror also recorded a stunning double bagel victory over Chilean Gonzalo Lama to reach the last 16.

Round 3: The biggest match of the third round was between third seed, French Open champion and home favourite Bjorn Fratangelo against 13th seeded Brit Oliver Golding. After winning the first set 7-5, Golding was forced into a decider after Fratangelo won the second 6-3. The final set produced the same scoreline but this time in the favour of Golding. However, America was to have its revenge over the British as Alexios Halebian overcame Wimbledon finalist and ninth seed Liam Broady in three sets. The success for the folk across the pond prevailed though as George Morgan and Kyle Edmund made it three Brits in the last eight. Fourth seed Hugo Dellien also fell to Egyptian Karim Hossam. Elsewhere, top seed Jiri Vesely continued his imperious form by reaching the quarter-finals having only lost 11 games in the tournament while Luke Saville’s successor Adam Pavlasek joined Filip Horansky (6) to make up the last eight line-up.

Quarter-finals: Australian Open champion and world number one Jiri Vesely took on the last surviving American in the draw Alexios Halebian and despite struggling to a 7-5 first set win, the Czech killed off the hopes of a home winner at this year’s US Open boys’ event. Brit Kyle Edmund won a comfortable match over fellow unseeded professional Karim Hossam to set up a semi-final with Vesely. His compatriots Oliver Golding and George Morgan won their quarter-final matches after losing the opening sets. Thirteenth seed Golding defeated his higher ranked opponent Filip Horansky (6) and tenth seed Morgan beat plucky competitor Adam Pavlasek to guarantee there would be at least one British player in the final.

Semi-finals: In the all-British clash between Oliver Golding and George Morgan, it was Golding who emerged victorious but it was a real contrast between the two sets he won. Golding raced to a 6-0 first set win and many would have thought the match was over with three match points at 5-4 in the second. Strangely, the set went into a tiebreak which Morgan lost 7-2 and meant Golding was the first Brit in the US Open final since Andy Murray in 2004. It wasn’t to be an all-British final though as Jiri Vesely crushed Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-2 to reach the final without dropping a set in the whole tournament.

Final: Despite facing the number one seed, two rain delays and losing the first set, Oliver Golding managed to win his first junior title since 2009 by overcoming Jiri Vesely 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. Golding struggled to hold serve in the opening exchanges and saved numerous break points at 2-2 and 4-4 before Vesely took his tenth opportunity to claim the first set. At 5-4, the Brit did have four set point chances but failed to convert any. But he made up for it in the next set though by breaking the Czech early on and holding to force a decider. In a match of very little unforced errors, the pair couldn’t be separated until the seventh game of the third set when Golding made a decisive break to become the first Brit since Andy Murray to win the US Open boys’ crown.

 

German pair Robin Kern and Julian Lenz won the boys’ doubles after beating Maxim Dubarenco and Vladyslav Manafov 7-5, 6-4. The full drawsheets for the boys’ singles and boys’ doubles are available via the US Open website.

French Open Juniors 2011 – Day 1

Jiri Vesely (CZE) With 18 of the world’s top 20 juniors in the boys’ draw it was a strong field but already that tally has fallen to 12 as the seeds dropped like flies on the opening day.

The biggest shock by far was the fall of top seed, world number one and Australian Open boys’ champion Jiri Vesely to Belarus’ Yaraslau Shyla.

Vesely claims clay is a good surface for him and he looked right when kicking his tournament off with a 6-4 scoreline in set one. But the Czech was pegged back in the second, losing it 6-1 before being seen off in the decider with a reverse score of the first.

Shyla had only played in one Grand Slam event before this one and the 18-year-old described the win as “perfect”.

Also being taken out was Austrian Patrick Ofner who a week ago had been in the final of another Grade A event, the Trofeo Bonfiglio. His performance in that tournament increased his ranking position 14 places and into the top 10 but he succumbed to one of the players he overtook in Andres Artunedo Martinavarr.

The Spaniard may fancy a decent run after his half of the draw was weakened by sixth and seventh seeds Tiago Fernandes and Mate Pavic’s exits. Fernandes, winner of last year’s Australian Open juniors, was forced to retire against Filip Peliwo whilst Pavic lost at the hands of Lukas Vrnak in straight sets.

Britain’s George Morgan (9) also fell along with Australian Luke Saville (15) but there were wins for Oliver Golding (4), Roberto Carballes Baena (5), Andrew Whittington (8), Joao Pedro Sorgi (10) Dominic Thiem (14) and Bruno Sant’anna (16).

The girls’ singles was relatively quiet in comparison. Russia have been doing well at this year’s French Open so far and that trend continued with first and second seeds Daria Gavrilova and Irina Khromacheva coming through with no trouble.

The only casualties of note were Argentina’s Victoria Bosio (16), the Ukraine’s Kateryn Kozlova (15) and Japan’s Miho Kowase (10), the latter being beaten by 16-year-old Sofiya Kovalets who’s an unseeded danger at 21st in the world.

All eyes will be on third seed Caroline Garcia today as she starts her campaign in the juniors after being two games away from beating Maria Sharapova in the second round of the women’s singles.

To see the results and scores in full then the Roland Garros website has all the details from the boys’ singles and girls’ singles.

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