Australia’s Samantha Stosur (Bio) will look to secure her second title of the season when she meets Misaki Doi (Bio) in her fifth consecutive quarterfinal in Osaka. This is the second time these to competitors meet at this tournament and Doi will be looking for revenge after her loss to Stosur in 2011. Stosur vs Doi Head to Head HERE.
Third seed Samantha Stosur cruised into the quarterfinals of the Japan Women’s Open today with a quick win over qualifier Belinda Bencic. The Australian lost only 6 games en route to her fourth consecutive quarterfinal in Osaka. Although she dropped serve twice in the match, she was able to recover and dish out five breaks of her own to down the young qualifier. Apart from winning the tournament in 2009, Stosur is a 2011 finalist and a 2012 semifinalist at the event. She is now the highest seed remaining in the tournament after second-seed Sabine Lisicki withdrew with an injured left hip. The Australian is yet to drop a set heading into the quarterfinal and have compiled a 32-20 record this season.
22-year-old Misaki Doi recorded a significant upset win over Kimiko Date-Krumm earlier today to reach the quarterfinal. The unseeded Japanese up-and-comer traded service breaks in the opening stages of the match but would settle down until a 5-5 scoreline in the tiebreak, where Doi won four consecutive points to close out the set. The second set was a less challenging affair as she needed only a single break to secure her second win over Date-Krumm in two weeks. She holds a 25-29 record this season and is looking to duplicate her 2012 effort in Osaka, when she reached the semifinals before losing to Heather Watson.
This is the second time Doi and Stosur meet on the professional tour. Their only other encounter was at this very tournament, where Stosur secured a comfortable victory over the World No. 75 to make the quarterfinals in 2011. It is unlikely that Doi will be a significant challenge for Stosur this time around either.
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