Posted February 23, 2014 on AP on Fox

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Samantha Stosur of Australia plays a backhand in her first round match against Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic during day two of the 2009 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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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