Samantha Stosur wins Osaka Open
After a disapointing season where she has felt from World n°9 to n°20 in rankings, the 29-year-orld player wins her second title in 2013,ten weeks after Carlsbad, both on hardcourt.
This is her fifth WTA title and the first time she has won multiple WTA titles in a season. This victory confirms that the Aussie feels plays particularly well in Osaka, improving her record to 19/3 with two titles, one final, one semifinal and one quarterfinal.
The 19-year-old Canadian wasn’t impressed by her first WTA final and tooks the best start, breaking Stosur three times in the opening set to take it 6-3.
The second set was a real battle until Stosur managed to a grab a decisive break at 5-5 and hold her serve to even the match.
Eugenie never really recovered from this loss and lost the third set after a two hours and 13 minutes fight.
Samantha Stosur: “Eugenie was playing really well today. 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.”
In Doubles final Mladenovic/Pennetta defeated Stosur/Zhang 6-4 6-3 to win their first WTA doubles title in their third outing together.
Kristina wins her seventh WTA doubles title and fifth this year, tying Sania Mirza for most in 2013 while Flavia wins her 15th doubles title.