Tennis: Bartoli beats Stosur to win Japan Open

Second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France cruised to a straight-sets victory over top-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia to win the Japan Open on Sunday.

Bartoli defeated the U.S. Open champion 6-3, 6-1 in 1 hour, 14 minutes on the hard court at the Utsubo Tennis Center. The Frenchwoman broke Stosur twice in the opening set and held serve throughout the match on the way to her second WTA Tour victory of the season.

It was also the seventh WTA Tour title of Bartoli’s career.

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Nadal wins Japan Open crown

World number one Rafael Nadal returned to winning ways as he captured his seventh title of the season with a straight sets win over Gael Monfils of France in the Japan Open on Sunday.

Nadal was beaten in the semifinals of the preceding Thailand Open and had to survive two match points against Serbia’s Viktor Troicki to reach the final where he made no mistake against Monfils.

The 24-year-old Spaniard cruised to a 6-1 7-5 win over the fifth seed who wants to continue the domination he has shown this season by winning three grand slams.

"It’s very important for me to win a title. I want to finish the season well, and it’s a perfect way to finish the season. So I’m happy for that. I enjoy this moment, because winning a title is difficult," he told the official ATP Tour website.

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