SAMANTHA Stosur has taken out the Japan Open for a third time.
The Gold Coaster proved too strong for Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, winning 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 in the final on Sunday.
Stosur won the same tournament last year and again in 2009. Sam is currently ranked 18th in the world. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep round out the top three.
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Coming during the last week of the WTA calendar’s Far East leg is the Japan Women’s Open Tennis at Osaka’s Utsubo Tennis Center.
According to the WTA, the event made headlines in 2010 for featuring the oldest-known final in WTA history, with then-33-year-old Tamarine Tanasugarn beating 40-year-old Japanese native Kimiko Date-Krumm. And at the 2012 staging, Heather Watson became the first British WTA titlist since Sara Gomer won Aptos in 1988.