Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer has won the 2015 Japan Women’s Open Tennis title in Tokyo today, getting past Poland’s Magda Linette in what was a thrilling three-set final played under the Japanese sun.
The high-quality final saw Linette take the first set as Wickmayer failed to show the same dominance she had displayed in her semifinal match against Ajla Tomljanovic early into the match. After dropping the first set, Wickmayer raised her level, snatching Linette’s first possible WTA title right from under her nose.
The Japan Women’s Open trophy is Wickmayer’s fourth WTA title following tournament wins in Oeiras & Linz in 2009 and her victorious Auckland run in 2010.
After her successful final, Wickmayer shared some personal news with the press, revealing that she has no short-term plans to marry her fiancé, rather opting to have something to look forward to later in her career.
There was a lot of activity to keep visitors in Tokyo’s Ariake Tennis Forest entertained on Sunday, as aside from the Japan Women’s Open final, qualifying matches for next week’s Pan Pacific Open Premier tournament continued as well.
Furthermore, the fans also got a first glimpse at some of the WTA’s biggest names, as Ana Ivanovic & Belinda Bencic were among several main-draw players preparing for their tournament start.
With the Japan Women’s Open in the books, the second part of Tokyo’s Japan Tennis Weeks is the Pan Pacific Open that is scheduled to kick off on Monday when qualifying finals will be followed by several first-round matches inside Tokyo’s legendary Ariake Coliseum.
Keep checking back to Women’s Tennis Blog all week for all the latest action from one of the WTA’s most-traditional tennis events.