October 4, 2015

Yanina Wickmayer and Annika Beck Claim WTA Titles This week

Yanina Wickmayer

Yanina Wickmayer


(September 20, 2015) Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium and Germany’s Annika Beck won WTA titles on Sunday.

The No. 86 Wickmayer rallied to beat No. 84 Magda Linette of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Japan Open for her fourth career WTA trophy. Wickmayer’s last tournament win came in New Zealand in 2010.

In taking the title in Tokyo, the Belgian told WTAtennis.com:

“A lot has happened – it’s been five years,” Wickmayer said. “There have been some injuries, but those are just a part of the job, and part of the career. And the level of the tour has been growing as well – there’s a lot of tough players out there. It’s much tougher to win a tournament these days.

“But going through all of the hard work and tough moments makes winning a lot more special.”

“It feels great. It’s amazing to win my fourth WTA title. It’s been a while since my third one, so it feels very good to lift a trophy up again after a few years. I’m very happy and very excited about it.”

$ 250,000.00
14-20 SEPTEMBER 2015


Doubles – Finals

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d [WC] M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN) 61 62


Fifth seed Annika Beck was victorious in Quebec City for her second career WTA crown, defeating Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Beck knocked out defending champion and second seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the semifinals.

$ 250,000.00
SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2015

Singles – Finals

[5] A. Beck (GER) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 62 62

Doubles – Finals

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / A. Mestach (BEL) d [3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) 46 63 12-10


Stosur Wins Third Japan Open Title

(October 12, 2014) Defending champion Sam Stosur won her third Japan Women’s Open title on Sunday, pushing back Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-6 (9-7), 6-3.

“Zarina played very good match today,” said the 30-year-old Australian Stosur who saved two set points in the first set. “She managed to put me under a lot of pressure and returned serve really well. She gets to a lot of balls and can put you under pressure. You have to be out there and try to attack.”

“It was my first final so I am happy with how I played, said the 20-year-old. “She served very well and it was tough, especially on those set points. But this was a great experience for me.”

“Trying to serve out a set in a final, I don’t know if maybe she was a little nervous but I tried to play a little bit more aggressive or put a bit more on my shots to make her come up with something else, Stosur said.”

It’s Stosur’s sixth career title and half of them have come in Osaka.

Sam Stosur


Kei Nishikori Wins Japan Open Crown

Kei Nishikori withdrawal

(October 5, 2014) Japan’s top player, fourth seed Kei Nishikori won his second Japan Open title on Sunday in Tokyo, taking out the third seed, Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4.

For Nishkori, it’s his fourth ATP World Tour title of the year and second in two week. He won last week in Kuala Lumput. for Raonic, it’s his third straight loss in the final of Tokyo.

Nishikori is fifth in the ATP Race to London with five berths up for grabs to compete in the ATP World Tour Finals.


“I hope to get to London,” Nishikori said. “I am getting close, but there are two more Masters 1000s and 500s left. These next few weeks will be really important for me.”

“He was serving really well, with a lot of aces. Luckily, I got the first tie-break and that helped my motivation for the match. If I had lost the tie-break, I might have screwed up the whole match. He started aggressively and I think it was one of my toughest games against Milos. I am really happy to win. He had a lot of chances in the third set; he almost broke my serve a couple of times.

“It’s the first time I have won a title two weeks in a row. After the US Open, it was hard to maintain my motivation. I had to stay strong and focused, especially this week when I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent.”

“It is disappointing to lose in my third straight [Tokyo] final,” Raonis said. “To be honest with you, other than the first year [2012] I felt I created my opportunities. Against Kei, he just played better when it came down to the third set [in 2012]. I have felt I have always been in the thick of things the past two years, so I would say two years ago was more disappointing.

“It was a great match. We both played a high level of tennis. At the beginning, the match was passing by really quick, but in the second and third set it was really good. He has been playing with a lot of confidence, he went for his shots and it paid off.”

The 24 year-old, who was US Open finalist, has a 49-10 record on the year.