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Stosur beats Schiavone to win first singles title

THIRD-SEEDED Samantha Stosur of Australia earned her first WTA singles title today with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Italy's Francesca Schiavone at the Japan Women's Open.

Stosur, ranked 15th in the world, broke Schiavone to go up 3-1 in the second set and dominated the fourth-seeded player the rest of the way to close out the match in 1 hour, 8 minutes.

Stosur 25, defeated top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark yesterday to advance to the final of the US$220,000 tournament.

Stosur has won her last four of five matches against Schiavone, all in straight sets. Two of those wins came this year, with the Australian winning 6-1, 6-4 at Indian Wells and 6-4, 6-2 at the French Open.

It was Stosur's first title victory in six WTA tournament finals. She has won 22 doubles titles and four ITF titles. Prior to today's win, the Australian's best result this year was runner-up at Los Angeles in August to Ana Ivanovic of Serbia.

Schiavone has claimed one win from 11 tournament finals.


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