Samantha Stosur Rallies to Win Japan Open


(October 13, 2013) Australia’s Samantha Stosur rallied past rising Canadian teen Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 to claim her second Japan Open title. Stosur won the tournament also in 2009.

For Stosur it’s her fifth career WTA title and second of the season, also having also won at Carlsbad.  It marks the first time in her career that Australian has won more than one title in the same year.

“Eugenie was playing really well today,” Stosur said. “I just had to stick it out in the second set, and I’m pretty happy with how things went in the third. I love playing here. I love the site and the fans are great – I always feel like I have lots and lots of support when I come to Osaka.”

For the 19-year-old Bouchard it was her first WTA final. She is projected to surpass her career best ranking of No. 35 when the new rankings come out on Monday.


Stosur to Face Bouchard in Osaka Final

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(October 12, 2013) Samantha Stosur will face off against Canadian teen Eugenie Bouchard in the final of the Japan Open on Sunday. Stosur routed American teen Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2 while 19-year-old Bouchard dominated Kurumi Nara 6-2, 6-2 to reach her first WTA final.

Osaka, Japan
October 7-13, 2013

Results – Saturday, October 12, 2013

Singles – Semifinals
(3) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (6) Madison Keys (USA) 61 62
(5) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. (WC) Kurumi Nara (JPN) 62 62

Doubles – Semifinals
Stosur/Zhang (AUS/CHN) d. (1) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 67(6) 63 105 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Sunday, October 13, 2013
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Samantha Stosur vs. Eugenie Bouchard
2. Doubles Final: Stosur/Zhang vs. Mladenovic/Pennetta


Stosur Reaches Osaka Semis


Osaka, Japan
October 7-13, 2013

Results – Friday, October 11, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals
(3) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 61 36 63
(5) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. (Q) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 26 64 61
(6) Madison Keys (USA) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 63 61
(WC) Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 76(4) 26 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Mladenovic/Pennetta (FRA/ITA) d. (WC) Doi/Miyamura (JPN/JPN) 62 64

Order Of Play – Saturday, October 12, 2013
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Madison Keys vs. Samantha Stosur
2. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Kurumi Nara
3. Kops-Jones/Spears vs. Stosur/Zhang


Juan Martin Del Potro Wins Japan Open over Milos Raonic


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(October 6, 2013) A late entry into the event, No.1 seed Juan Martin del Potro won the Japan Open Tennis Championships title for the first time taking out Milos Raonic 7-6 (5), 7-5 for his third title of the year, 16th in his career.

There was only one break of serve in the match coming at 5-5 in the second set for Del Potro to go up 6-5 and served out the match.

“I played really well in the last two games of the match, returning all of his first serves,” said Del Potro. “It was a fantastic week for me as I played better and better with each match.”

Del Potro said that it was not easy returning Raonic’s powerful serve: “You have to be focused and wait for the chance. I took his serve in the last game to break. In the tie-break, he hit a double fault in the most important part of the match and then my chance came, which I knew I had to take.

“I did what I could to win. When he serves well and hits aces, it means I have to be aggressive on serve. I threw in drop shots and came to the net to mix up my game.”

“There is not really much to be down about,” Raonic said of the match. “I created opportunities and barring a double fault and a few points I could not have done much better.

“I think I am doing a lot of things better week in, week out. I can play a good level, but I just need to improve on a consistent basis. There is work to be done.”


“I decided to come here because I lost early in the U.S. Open and had several weeks off,” said Del Potro who took a wild card into the tournament. “I’m glad I decided to come here.”

For his efforts the Argentine will move up to No. 5 in the Race to London for the year-end ATP World Tour Finals. The Canadian Raonic will move up to No. 10 in the Race to London.


Juan Martin Del Potro to Meet Milos Raonic in Tokyo Final


ATP World Tour 500
Tokyo, Japan  (+9 hours GMT)
30 September-6 October 2013     Surface: Hard


Singles – Semifinals
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) d [6] N Almagro (ESP) 76(7) 76(1)
[3] M Raonic (CAN) d I Dodig (CRO) 76(4) 61

Doubles – Semifinals
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d J Knowle (AUT) / J Melzer (AUT) 63 64


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs [4] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) vs [3] M Raonic (CAN)


Nishikori Wins Japan Open

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player to win the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo on Sunday when he stopped the hard-serving Canadian Milos Raonic for the title 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 for his second career ATP World Tour title. His first tournament win came at Delray Beach in 2008 as a qualifier.

Nishikori, from Shimane Prefecture in southern Japan, ranked No. 17 in the world and rising, delighted his home crowd with the win.

”To have won this tournament in Japan is a very happy occasion for me,” Nishikori said. ”I made an effort to approach today’s match as the challenger.”

”I wish I could have started off serving better,” Raonic said. ”He was reading my serve really well from the beginning and that usually doesn’t happen. I didn’t create the opportunities and go for it like the previous two days.’

“He just played too well. There’s not too much I could do. He played better than me and deserved to win. [In the third set], he started playing well, was reading me a bit more, and a few mistakes starting coming from me.”

“I have not been able to play well in Japan until now,” Nishikori said, “so I always thought perhaps I was not mentally strong enough to do so. But [after] the match against [Tomas] Berdych, something changed. I was able to play much better yesterday and today as well. On one side of my mind, I cannot believe I won the tournament, but at the same time, I feel that I’m happy I was able to do this.

“He (Milos) attacks on his returns and goes up to the net quickly. And he is willing to take risks. I watched him play [Andy] Murray. Despite the break in the first game, there were some dangerous moments in the first set. I tried to stay aggressive. I was able to continue doing so and was able to get the final set 6-0.”

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Kei Nishikori on becoming the first Japanese man to win the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships title in Tokyo,” ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett said. Kei is a terrific player who is already a star at home in Japan and among the Top 20 players in the world. I’m sure this historic win over a very difficult field in Tokyo will give him great confidence and we look forward to seeing all that he can do. Kei has a very bright future on the ATP World Tour and we couldn’t be more proud of him.”

This was the youngest ATP final of the year with 21-year-old Raonic playing 22-year-old Nishikori in their first encounter.


Raonic Stuns Murray and Will Face Nishikori in Japan Open Final

Canadian Milos Raonic  saved two match points in a 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(4) upset over world No. 3 Andy Murray to reach his fourth final of 2012 on Saturday at the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo.

Roanic was within two points of winning the match in straight sets but could not close it out. Murray took a 4-1 lead in the final set, but Raonic came saving match points 5-6, benefiting from two Murray double faults. This forced the final set into a final set to a tiebreak.

Kei Nishikori

Raonic will play Japan’s Kei Nishikori for the title on Sunday. Nishikori defeated Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis for the first time 6-2, 6-2. Nishikori will be chasing history – should he defeat Raonic, he’ll become the first Japanese man to win the Japan Open. He’s already the first Japanese man to reach the final.



Singles – Semi-finals
[6] M Raonic (CAN) d [1] A Murray (GBR) 63 67(5) 76(4) – Saved 2 M.P.
[8] K Nishikori (JPN) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 62 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d D Bracciali (ITA) / F Cermak (CZE) 63 61
[4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d T Berdych (CZE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs [4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[6] M Raonic (CAN) vs [8] K Nishikori (JPN)