HIROSHIMA, Japan — The spectators at the Hana-cupid Japan Women’s Open will get to see an all-Japanese final on Sunday, as unseeded home favorites Misaki Doi and Nao Hibino picked up semifinal wins on Saturday to book their spots in the championship round.
Doi upset No.2 seed Veronika Kudermetova of Russia, 6-4, 6-3, to claim a spot in her third career WTA singles final, while Hibino moved into her fifth career WTA singles final after overcoming Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the earlier semifinal.
It will be the first all-Japanese singles final on the WTA since 1997, when Naoko Sawamatsu defeated Yuka Yoshida in the Jakarta title match. Both Doi and Hibino are seeking their second WTA singles titles — Doi won at Luxembourg in October of 2015, while Hibino triumphed in Tashkent that very same month.
Doi and Hibino are also doubles partners this week — and they have reached the final there as well, where they will face Christina McHale of the United States and Valeria Savinykh of Russia.