Doi, Hibino set up rare all-Japanese WTA final

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Doi, Hibino set up rare all-Japanese WTA final

Misaki Doi upset second-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to set up a rare all-Japanese final at the Japan Women’s Open

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HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Misaki Doi upset second-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-3 Saturday to set up a rare all-Japanese final at the Japan Women’s Open.

Nao Hibino moved into her fifth career WTA singles final after rallying to beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the other semifinal.

It’s the first all-Japanese singles final on the WTA tour since 1997, when Naoko Sawamatsu defeated Yuka Yoshida in Jakarta.

Both Doi and Hibino are seeking their second WTA singles titles — Doi won at Luxembourg in October 2015, and Hibino won in Tashkent the same month.

Doi and Hibino are currently even in their head-to-head record with two wins apiece.

The two Japanese players have also teamed up to reach the doubles final at the Japan Women’s…

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