Bartoli defeats Stosur for her 7th WTA title.


Marion Bartoli claimed her second tournament of the season after playing twice on the final day of the Japan Open. Second seed Bartoli beat US Open champion Sam Stosur 6-3 6-4 in the final at the Utsubo Tennis Centre in Osaka, taking an hour and 14 minutes to clinch the final. Frenchwoman Bartoli added to the Eastbourne tournament in the summer to make it two victories on the WTA Tour this season after a busy Sunday in Japan. Rain delays in Japan had forced Saturday’s semi-final to be held over to Sunday meaning both Bartoli and Stosur had to play their semi-finals first before facing each other in the final later in the day. Bartoli broke top seeded Stosur twice in the first set and was dominant on her own serve, not being broken once in the match, to help her to sweep through the second set to victory. Bartoli had earlier beaten third-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1 7-6 in one semi-final while Stosur knocked out unseeded Zie Jheng of China 7-6 3-6 6-3. It was a third defeat in four finals for Stosur this season, with the world number six losing in Rome and Toronto but saving her one win for Flushing Meadows in the US Open. Bartoli, ranked world number 11, now has seven WTA Tour titles to her name after her energetic victory.


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