The WTA Asian swing will edge towards its climax with the arrival of the Premier tier WTA Tokyo Open.
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The WTA Tokyo Open will return in 2013 and once again it will be one of the most important tournaments in the WTA's Asian swing. This Premier tier competition, hosted at the Ariake Tennis Forest Park, is sure to attract a strong field for an intense and thrilling main draw.
This tournament has been through numerous transitions. Originally played on indoor carpet, the WTA Tokyo Open was moved to outdoor hardcourts in 2008 when it was relocated to its current venue. The tournament was created in 1984 and upgraded to Premier tier status in 1993.
Nadia Petrova was in top form in 2012's event. The Russian topped a very talented pack by working her way past Agnieszka Radwanska in the final. The win enabled Petrova to join a Tokyo winners list that includes Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Maria Sharapova, Gabriela Sabatini, Caroline Wozniacki and Dinara Safina.
If previous editions are anything to go by, the 2013 WTA Tokyo Open will be a thriller.