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[JAPAN SPORTS NOTEBOOK] The T.League Crowns a New Women's Champion

Kinoshita Abyell Kanagawa earned their first T.League title, defeating four-time reigning champion Nissay Red Elf in the table tennis championship final.

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Miyuu Kihara (third from right) and other Kinoshita players display the T..League championship trophy after defeating Nissay to win their first championship on March 26 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2. (KYODO)

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Championship experience and pride were on full display as the Nissay Red Elf squared off against T.League rival Kinoshita Abyell Kanagawa in Japan's women's pro table tennis circuit's championship final on Sunday, March 26.

Nissay brought a four-year title dynasty into the arena, collecting championships in each of the six-team T.League's first four seasons.

But with determination, teamwork and solid all-around play, Kinoshita etched its name on a T.League championship trophy for the first time, defeating Nissay 3-2 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No 2.

In the title-deciding match, contested after four previous matches, Kinoshita standout Miyuu Kihara topped Mima Ito 11-9.

Miyuu Kihara faces Nissay's Mima Ito (front) in the final singles match. (KYODO)

"We were able to win because we helped each other," Kihara told NHK after the match. 

She added, "We've been losing to Nippon Life Insurance Co for the past four years. I think we were able to win because we all discussed tactics and characteristics and helped each other."

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Author: Ed Odeven

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