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08-10-2015 11:54 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Akira has entered several more Thailand futures after Wimbledon Juniors, fairly average results with ranking still floating in the mid 600s. Lost to [1] Ti Chen in the QF in Thailand F6, who he is projected to meet in the Thailand F7 in the second round as well... Also teaming up with Ti Chen in doubles in the F7 and have beat the top seed there in the first round

Edit: Santillan lost 6-4 4-6 5-7, much closer than the match he had with Chen last time. Still in doubles with Chen, optimistic with his chances there.
06-03-2015 08:07 AM
scotthongkong
Re: Akira "Aki" Santillan Cheering Thread

this thread needs to be moved to Japan asap.
06-03-2015 05:56 AM
au_sports_opinion
Re: Akira "Aki" Santillan Cheering Thread

Defection!
05-09-2015 05:22 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

So in the Thailand F3, made the QFs defeating a local Thai in the first round then upsetting 4th seed Mott 7-5 6-3. Had high hopes as the majority of the draw collapsed at this point but Aki lost to another local Thai Burapharitta 4-6 2-6. A tough but a breakthrough 3 to 4 weeks for Aki which has seen him fly from 1000+ to ~650 in the rankings!

Edit: Apparently he succumbed to cramps!
05-02-2015 04:04 PM
Chilenaitor
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Congrats for the week!
05-02-2015 06:25 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Akira defeated in the final 4-6 7-6(7) 1-6 by Dome to snap his run. Just didn't win the bigger points, with BP conversion being 1/4 compared to Dome's 4/6. Good run for Dome who qualified; both will go into next weeks Thailand F3 (Aki should get an SE into main draw again) but not sure if Aki will have enough fuel after a sublime two weeks. Runner-up here will lift him to ~665 in the live rankings
05-01-2015 07:18 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

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Gets a SE into the main draw of Thailand F2 due to last weeks heroics, would've had to qualify again otherwise. Routs 5th-seeded Hiroki Kondo 6-1 6-2 and faces a straightforward match against a local wildcard. Will highly likely then face top seed Yong-Kyu Lim for the 3rd time this past month or so (H2H 1-1). Bottom draw has slightly collapsed with 2nd seed withdrawing and 3rd seed upset in the 1st round.
He beat the Thai WC convincingly 6-2 6-1, upsetted top seeded Lim 7-6(4) 6-3 again to lead their H2H 2-1, and then proceeded to beat 4th seeded ex-countryman O'Connell 6-3 3-6 6-2 in the SFs to make his second ITF Futures level final consecutively with last weeks win at Thailand F1. This is the first set lost in his 11-match winning streak and will face qualifier Andre Dome of the US in the final

There seems to be a huge wave of youngsters doing well at the moment in the 1997 to 1998 generation, hope Aki can get even more motivated from this.
04-28-2015 12:28 PM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Gets a SE into the main draw of Thailand F2 due to last weeks heroics, would've had to qualify again otherwise. Routs 5th-seeded Hiroki Kondo 6-1 6-2 and faces a straightforward match against a local wildcard. Will highly likely then face top seed Yong-Kyu Lim for the 3rd time this past month or so (H2H 1-1). Bottom draw has slightly collapsed with 2nd seed withdrawing and 3rd seed upset in the 1st round.
04-25-2015 06:43 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

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Japan F3 Futures QF: Santillan df. Nakagawa 6-2 0-6 6-2, another up-and-coming Japanese youngster to make his first futures SF.

Will face unseeded Yong-Kyu Lim of South Korea who upset 2nd seed as well as defeating his countryman and another youngster in Seong Chan Hong.
Ended up losing the SF in a one-sided affair... But 1 month later, faced off again in the Thailand F1 SFs after qualifying into the draw and beat Lim convincingly 6-3 6-3! And today just beat 5th seeded Kento Takeuchi in the Finals 6-3 6-2 for his first futures title. Ranking will go up to 750ish I think and will be playing the Thailand F2 next week

03-27-2015 07:28 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Japan F3 Futures QF: Santillan df. Nakagawa 6-2 0-6 6-2, another up-and-coming Japanese youngster to make his first futures SF.

Will face unseeded Yong-Kyu Lim of South Korea who upset 2nd seed as well as defeating his countryman and another youngster in Seong Chan Hong.
03-09-2015 06:08 AM
Reconditus
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Very unfortunate news for the Aussies here... TA has lost a valuable asset no doubt here
On the bright side, I hope he makes the most of his opportunity with the JTA and ride the momentum with Nishikori and upcomers Nishioka and Nakagawa
03-02-2015 09:04 AM
Ritz
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

http://acelandtennis.com.au/news/208...try-japan.html
For all you guys wondering, here's a definitive answer why he moved so far.
03-01-2015 10:05 PM
afterglows
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

I feel sad for you aussie fans that a thing like that happens.

Hopefully for Akira this will not disturb his development. Time will tell.

I'm not familiar with how TA is dealing with their youngsters, from what you say, you all seem to think something is wrong.
03-01-2015 09:54 PM
RustyOz
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

Just a case of TA have enough talented players that they are looking after and thus are not too cared about other "fringe" talented players, especially ones that seemingly won't toe the official line.
Sometimes it is better for that player to go out on their own or with a different plan, as what they will get from TA in that case is not something tailored to their game/style/requirements/ranking but just a tag along/fill-in program with TA, which just hinders their progress and fails to help them.

Good luck imo to Akira
03-01-2015 07:16 PM
Chilenaitor
Re: Akira Santillan - Now representing Japan!

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