Posted February 23, 2014 on AP on Fox
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Kurumi Nara of Japan won the Rio Open on Sunday -- her first WTA singles title -- defeating top-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. The 22-year-old Japanese player was the fifth-seeded player in the tournament and is Japan's top-ranked woman at No. 62. She prefers to play on hard courts but has adapted to the heat and clay in Rio. Zakopalova won two WTA titles 10 years ago, but has now lost 12 consecutive singles finals. In parts of the match she seemed unwell, probably bothered by the 32 degree (90F) heat and intense humidity. In the men's final, top-seeded and No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain faced Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. Nadal is 297-21 on clay, the best record in the Open Era.
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(February 23, 2014) Japan’s Kurumi Nara won her first WTA tour title beating top seed Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 for the Rio Open crown. At NO. 62 in the world, the 22-year-old is the top Japanese player. She is the fifth Japanese player to win a WTA tour event. “She played very well and it was a very tough match for me,” said Nara. “In the second...
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