Stosur against Bartoli in Japan Open final

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Samantha Stosur of Australia and Marion Bartoli of France set up a final encounter at the Japan Open.

The US Open champion Stosur had to fight hard for her victory in the semis as she defeated China’s Zheng Jie 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3.

The Australian will be aiming to win her fourth career title.

She will meet Marion Bartoli in the final. The French eliminated the German Angelique Kerber 6-1, 7-6 (5).

In their last encounter in Eastbourne this year, Bartoli beat Stosur in straight sets.

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