Sep 29, 2016

Nishikori aims for third Japan Open title

Kei Nishikori has been handed a huge boost in his hunt for a third Japan Open title after holder and third-ranked Swiss Stan Wawrinka pulled out with a back problem on Thursday. World No. 5 Nishikori, who won the singles bronze medal at the ...

Paire ousts Nishikori in semis

Oct 10, 2015

Paire ousts Nishikori in semis

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Defending champion Kei Nishikori crashed out of the Japan Open after a 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 semifinal defeat to his U.S. Open conqueror Benoit Paire on Saturday. Nishikori was looking to add a third Japan Open title to his 2012 and 2014 triumphs this week ...

Nishikori battles past Cilic

Oct 9, 2015

Nishikori battles past Cilic

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Defending champion Kei Nishikori fought back from a set down to reach the Japan Open semifinals after a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic on Friday. Cilic, who beat Nishikori in last year’s U.S. Open final, looked in imperious form as he ...

Wawrinka puts away Stepanek in opener

Oct 6, 2015

Wawrinka puts away Stepanek in opener

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At age 30, Stan Wawrinka feels he is still improving. And Tuesday’s first-round victory turned out to be more proof of that. The top-seeded Swiss got off to a good start in his fourth Japan Open appearance by scoring a 7-5, 6-3 win over ...

Mao returns to lead Japan to victory

Oct 5, 2015

Mao returns to lead Japan to victory

Three-time women’s world champion Mao Asada shone upon her return from a one-year sabbatical on Saturday, helping to boost Japan to victory in the Japan Open team competition. “This was my best performance at a Japan Open,” said the 25-year-old Mao, who showed no ...

Sep 19, 2015

Wickmayer, Linette book spots in Japan Open final

Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium overpowered Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Japan Open. Wickmayer converted all five of her break point chances to dispatch the seventh-seeded Tomljanovic in 1 hour, 27 minutes at Ariake Colosseum. Wickmayer will ...

Sep 12, 2015

Yamaguchi, Okuhara advance to Japan Open final

Local star Akane Yamaguchi beat former world No. 1 Wang Shixian of China in the Japan Open Saturday, setting the stage for an all-Japan women’s singles final on Sunday. Yamaguchi, who ousted London Olympic gold medalist China’s Li Xuerui from the tournament the previous ...

Aug 27, 2015

Nishikori, Wawrinka scheduled to compete in Japan Open

Two-time champion Kei Nishikori has signed on to defend his Japan Open crown in October, the Japan Tennis Association announced Thursday. In addition to world No. 4 Nishikori, the tournament, which kicks off on Oct. 5 at Tokyo’s Ariake Colosseum, will feature French Open ...