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Monday, 18th October 2010
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Tanasugarn wins Japan Open title

Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn has won the women's Japan Open tennis title.

She beat Japanese player Kimiko Date Krumm 7-5 6-7 (4-7) 6-1, in a match that lasted three hours and seven minutes.

Date Krumm, aged 40, had been hoping to become the oldest player to secure a tour title and break the record currently held by Billie Jean King, who won aged 39.

Tanasugarn, a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, had performed well throughout the tournament and managed to beat French number two seed Marion Bartoli in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The Thai player has now won four career titles, including Hyderabad in 2003 and two grass court titles in Hertogenbosch in 2008 and 2009.

First held in 1973, the Rakuten Japan Open is the longest-running ATP event held in Asia and is played at the Ariake Colosseum – one of the first tennis venues in the world to have a retractable roof.

Written by Mark Smith.

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