Diyas ends Kato's challenge to win Japan Women's Open

More Sports / Tennis Sep 17, 2017

Diyas ends Kato's challenge to win Japan Women's Open

Local favorite Miyu Kato's fairy-tale run at the Japan Women's Open ended in heartbreak on Sunday, as the petite 22-year-old suffered a straight-sets defeat in the final against fellow qualifier Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan. Both players were gunning for their first WTA title but Diyas ...

Kato, Diyas advance to Japan Women's Open final

More Sports / Tennis Sep 16, 2017

Kato, Diyas advance to Japan Women's Open final

Plucky qualifier Miyu Kato produced an epic comeback to advance to her first WTA Tour final on Saturday night, beating Croatia's Jana Fett 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 in the semifinals of the Japan Women's Open. Kato, ranked No. 171 in the world, survived match point ...

Kato storms into semifinals at Japan Women's Open

More Sports / Tennis Sep 15, 2017

Kato storms into semifinals at Japan Women's Open

Qualifier Miyu Kato stunned Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic in straight sets to reach the semifinals of the Japan Women's Open on Friday. Kato, the world No. 171 and the only local player left in the singles draw, was in total control at Ariake Tennis Forest Park, ...

Nara ousted by Wang at Japan Women's Open

More Sports / Tennis Sep 14, 2017

Nara ousted by Wang at Japan Women's Open

Local favorite Kurumi Nara's hopes of reaching the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open were shattered on Thursday with a straight sets defeat to China's Wang Qiang. World No. 57 Wang broke 108th-ranked Nara five times in a dominant display en route to a 6-2, ...

Nara powers past Osaka in Japan Women's Open clash

More Sports / Tennis Sep 13, 2017

Nara powers past Osaka in Japan Women's Open clash

Kurumi Nara claimed local bragging rights with a stunning 6-3, 6-0 win over rising star Naomi Osaka on Wednesday to reach the second round of the Japan Women's Open. Nara, ranked 108th in the world, romped past the 46th-ranked Osaka in 70 minutes to book ...

More Sports / Tennis Sep 11, 2017

Pliskova makes winning start at Japan Women's Open

Fourth-seeded Czech Kristyna Pliskova overcame Taiwan's Chang Kai-chen in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Japan Women's Open on Monday. Pliskova, who took a wild card and came to the $250,000 hardcourt tournament at the last minute, reeled off 14 aces ...

More Sports / Tennis Aug 2, 2017

Date to play at Japan Women's Open

Former world No. 4 Kimiko Date has been invited to compete at the Japan Women's Open next month, the Japan Tennis Association said Wednesday. The 46-year-old Date, a sponsors' invite for the Sept. 11-17 event at Tokyo's Ariake Tennis Forest Park, made her competitive comeback ...