First in a double bill of Tokyo tournaments, the Japan Women’s Open Tennis kicks off the WTA Tour’s autumn Asian swing.
Even though two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na has now retired, her legacy is still felt in women’s tennis and nowhere more strongly than in the WTA Tour’s glittering, expanded run of tournaments held across Asia. Following the US Open and leading up to the season-ending WTA Tour Championships in late October, seven women’s tennis events – including the prestigious, major tournaments in Wuhan and Beijing – are played across Asia.
And it all starts at the Japan Women’s Open Tennis in Tokyo, the first WTA Tour event of the women’s tennis autumnal Asian swing as top players vie for qualification for the season-ending championships and to close out their seasons with a bang by capturing a title or two.
First held in 2009, the Japan Women’s Open Tennis was held in Osaka for the first six years of its life before moving to Tokyo’s Ariake Tennis Forest Park in 2015 to form the first leg of a double bill which also features the Premier-level Toray Pan Pacific Open the following week in Tokyo.
An International tournament held on outdoor hard courts, the Japan Women’s Open Tennis has always been associated with one particular star: Samantha Stosur, runner-up at the French Open in 2010 and champion at the US Open in 2011. Stosur won the singles at the Japan Women’s Open Tennis in 2009, 2013 and 2014, and finished runner-up to Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli in 2011. French Open champion Francesca Schiavone has also captured the title during the tournament’s sojourn in Osaka, as well as beloved Thai star Tamarine Tanasugarn, with 2014 Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard also finishing runner-up in 2013.
The Japan Women’s Open Tennis attracts stronger fields than ever now that it is played on the outdoor hard courts of the Ariake Tennis Forest Park in Tokyo, with many top players choosing to warm up for the Toray Pan Pacific Open and the significant WTA Tour Asian swing at the Japan Women’s Open Tennis.
More stars of women’s tennis than ever before grace the Ariake courts as the Japan Women’s Open Tennis kicks off the WTA Tour’s Asian swing in the first leg of a Tokyo double bill.