European champion Nora Gjakova of Kosovo started her day as the number one seed and finished it as the gold medallist in the U57kg category. The Antalya Grand Prix winner earned her first Grand Slam title with a win over European Championships bronze medallist Anastasiia Konkina (RUS) after 59 seconds by ippon.
All three of Kosovo’s judoka on day one made their respective finals with Paris Grand Slam winner Akil Gjakova (KOS) awaiting his turn on Sunday in the U73kg category.
In the first semi-final, Gjakova silenced the Komatsu supporters as Asian Games bronze medallist Lien Chen-Ling (TPE) fell by ippon. In the second semi-final, London 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Automne Pavia (FRA) was beaten by Konkina by ippon with 59 seconds left on the clock.