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Bartoli takes Japan's Women's Open title

Oct. 16, 2011 at 7:42 AM   |   Comments

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OSAKA, Japan, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Marion Bartoli won twice Sunday, including a straight-set decision over Samantha Stosur in the title match of the HP Japan Women's Open tournament.

Bartoli collected her second championship of 2011 -- she won at Eastbroune in June -- and seventh overall with a 6-3, 6-1 win over the top-seeded Stosur.

Rain washed out Friday's quarterfinals, pushing those four matches back one day and putting the semifinals and finals both on Sunday's schedule.

Stosur reached the finals with a 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3 win over Zheng Jie in a match that took more than 2 1/2 hours. Bartoli, the No. 2 seed, played for nearly an hour less in a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) semifinal win over third-seeded Angelique Kerber.

That could have be a factor in the finals where Bartoli didn't drop serve and ended up winning 61 percent of the points in the match. She took more than two-thirds of the points and lost only four points in four service games in the second set.

Bartoli collected $37,000 for the victory while Stosur took home $19,000. Kerber and Zheng each earned $10,200 as semifinalists.

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