WTA 2016 Japan Women’s Open Tennis

Siniakova Sweeps Lottner in Japan Women’s Open

The Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova sweeps 2016 Japan Women's Open Tennis lucky loser Antonia Lottner to reach the second round of the Tokyo tournament.


Katerina Siniakova
Katerina Siniakova eliminates 2016 Japan Women’s Open lucky loser Antonia Lottner to advance to round two.

The Czech Republic’s world no. 65 Katerina Siniakova eases past Germany’s world no. 167 Antonia Lottner to advance to the second round of the 2016 Japan Women’s Open Tennis. The 2016 Ericsson Open runner-up Siniakova sweeps lucky loser Lottner 6-1, 6-4 in a one hour and eleven minute match. The victory improves Katerina Siniakova to a 2-0 singles head to head record against Antonia Lottner. The last time that Siniakova and Lottner faced one another was more than two years ago during the round of sixteen of the 2013 25k Bad Salgau tournament, with Siniakova also taking a straight sets victory 7-6(7), 7-6(3).

Katerina Siniakova starts the first round match by winning the first two games for an early 2-0 lead. Lottner gains ground, 2-1, with a 40-30 win in the third. Siniakova answers with four straight wins to claim the match opener after a brief twenty-five minute first frame. Katerina Siniakova fired 3 aces to none against Antonia Lottner. Siniakova also took a decisive advantage on the first serves, as she finishes with 13 of 18 (72%) first serve wins to a mere 3 of 11 (27%) from Antonia Lottner. Katerina Siniakova outclassed Lottner on the returns, with three successful break point conversions out of five break point opportunities. Siniakova also managed to save one of Lottner’s two break point attempts during the first frame.

The second set sees Antonia Lottner win the first game, but Katerina Siniakova powers her way back to the driver’s seat by winning three of next four games to establish a 3-1 lead. Lottner cuts the lead down to one with a 40-30 win in the fourth, but Siniakova immediately answers with a 40-0 win during the following game to extend the lead back to two at 4-2. Lottner tries to stick close after winning the seventh game after a long rally. Siniakova then reaches match point with a 40-15 win the game after. Antonia Lottner saves set point once but fails to do so for a second consecutive time, giving Katerina Siniakova the first round win after a forty-six minute second set.

Katerina Siniakova and Antonia Lottner combined for 7 aces in the final set; 4 for Siniakova and 3 for Lottner. Siniakova also gets the only break point of the frame, although Antonia Lottner did manage to deflect four of her five break point opportunities. Katerina Siniakova did not give Antonia Lottner a single chance to break throughout the final frame.

Katerina Siniakova moves on to a second round meeting with the USA’s world no. 75 Louisa Chirico. Their upcoming 2016 Japan Women’s Open Tennis match will be the first ever meeting for Katerina Siniakova and Louisa Chirico. The 20-year old Louisa Chirico advances to the second round with an upset win over Ukrainian world no. 57 Kateryna Bondarenko. Chirico sweeps the 30-year old Bondarenko 6-4, 7-5 to give Louisa Chirico first blood against the 16-year WTA tour veteran.

South Korea's Su Jeong Jang
South Korea’s Su Jeong Jang reaches round two with an upset win over China;s Saisai Zheng.

In other results 2016 Japan Women’s Open Tennis qualifier, South Korea’s world no. 186 Su Jeong Jang stuns China’s world no. 70 Saisai Zheng to advance to the second round of the Tokyo tournament. Su Jeong Jang manages to win back-to-back games after dropping the match opener to Saisai Zheng for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 come-from-behind win in a marathon two hour and fifty-five minute first round match. The victory allows the 21-year old Su Jeong Jang to tie 1-1 with Saisai Zheng in their head to head match record. Jang avenges a loss to Zheng during week 28 of the 2013 75k held in Beijing.

Su Jeong Jang’s second round opponent will be Slovakian world no. 115 Jana Cepelova. Jang and Cepelova’s upcoming Japan Women’s Tennis match will be the first ever singles meeting for the pair.

Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova reaches round two of the Tokyo tournament by also defeating a much higher ranked player. Cepelova sweeps American world no. 67 Madison Brengle 6-4, 6-1 in their first round match. Jana Cepelova improves to an unbeaten 2-0 record over Madison Brengle in their career singles head to head matchup.

Johanna Larsson
Johanna Larsson eases past Germany’s Sabine Lisicki to earn her spot in the second round of the 2016 Japan Women’s Open Tennis tournament.

Swedish world no. 46 Johanna Larsson enters the second round by dominating German world no. 113 Sabine Lisicki. The 28-year old Johanna Larsson defeats 27-year old Sabine Lisicki with a 6-3, 6-2 straight sets win in a one hour and sixteen minute first round match.

Johanna Larsson mastered Lisicki through the service game. Larsson finished the first round contest with a resounding 33 of 48 (69%) first serve point wins. By contrast, Lisicki was only able to manage a mere 14 of 24 (58%) first serve performance during match. Johanna Larsson also tripled Sabine Lisicki’s break point output. She finished with six breakers out of eight attempts while managing to save six of Lisicki’s break point opportunities.

Johanna Larsson will face the USA’s world no. 84 Varvara Lepchenko in round two. Larsson currently holds a 3-1 advantage over Lepchenko heading into their 2016 Japan’s Women’s tennis second round match. Johanna Larsson has been able to defeat Varvara Lepchenko in their only meeting, prior to Tokyo, of 2016. Larsson swept Lepchenko 6-3, 7-5 in their 2016 Connecticut Open match last August.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich
Aliaksandra Sasnovich routs the top-seeded Misaki Doi to advance to the following round.

Belarus world no. 110 Aliaksandra Sasnovich enters the second round of the 2016 Japan Women’s Open with an upset win over Japan’s very own world no. 35 Misaki Doi. Aliaksandra Sasnovich eases past tournament top seed Misaki Doi with a 7-5, 6-3 sweep in a one hour and thirty-one minute first round match. The Tokyo win also gives Sasnovich first blood over Doi in their career singles head to head matchup.

Both players combined for 7 aces during the first round match; 4 for Sasnovich and 3 for Doi. Aliaksandra Sasnovich took the victory through the returns, as she breaks Doi six times out of thirteen break point opportunities. Sasnovich was also able to save three of Misaki Doi’s six break point attempts.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich sets up a second round meeting with American world no. 61 Alison Riske in the second round of the 2016 Japan Women’s Tennis Open. Heading into their Tokyo showdown, Sasnovich and Riske have an even 1-1 singles head to head match record. Alison Riske took the match win over Sasnovich in their first meeting of 2016 during the quarterfinals of the 2016 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships last February.

Alison Riske earns her second round entry by also eliminating another Japanese from the Tokyo tournament. Riske moves past world no. 76 Nao Hibino with a 6-2, 6-4 straight sets win during their first round match. Alison Riske also wins the maiden match victory between her and Nao Hibino in their career singles head to head record.

Viktorija Golubic knocks out defending Japan Women's Open Tennis champion
Viktorija Golubic knocks out defending Japan Women’s Open Tennis champion Yanina Wickmayer in first round of the Tokyo tournament.

Swiss world no. 73 Viktorija Golubic makes her way to the second round of the 2016 Japan Women’s Tennis Open with an upset win over defending champion Yanina Wickmayer. Golubic adds Wickmayer to the list of Tokyo upsets with a 6-1, 7(9)-6(7) straight sets win after a one hour and thirty-two minute first round match. The win gives the 24-year old Zurich-borne Golubic first blood against the higher ranked Yanina Wickmayer in their career singles head to head matchup.

Yanina Wickmayer fired 4 aces to 1 against Viktorija Golubic during the first round match. Golubic recovers on the service game through the first serves. She won 45 of 73 (62%) first serve point wins against just 34 of 62 (55%) from the former defending champion. Viktorija Golubic dominated on the returns, as she converts five out of seven break point attempts. Golubic managed to save three of Wickmayer’s five break point opportunities during their first set duel.

Viktorija Golubic waits for the winner of the 2016 Japan Women’s Open Tennis first round match between Poland’s world no. 88 Magda Linette and Japanese tournament qualifier world no. 352 Erika Sema.