Federer, Bartoli win

Tokyo, October 8 :

World number one Roger Federer showed Tim Henman no mercy on Sunday to win the men’s singles title at the Japan Open.

The 25-year-old Swiss notched up an easy 6-3, 6-3 victory over Henman, a surprise finalist making his first appearance in Tokyo in eight years.

Federer forced Henman to send a forehand sailing long to finish off the 67-minute match. Federer took a 7-6 lead in head-to-head match-ups with Henman, having won their last six encounters. It was Federer’s ninth title of the season — including Grand Slam victories at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open — and his 42nd overall. Federer failed to make the final only once this season, losing to British star Andy Murray at Cincinnati in August.

The women’s title in Tokyo went to top seed Marion Bartoli of France, who came from behind to beat local favourite Aiko Nakamura, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Porsche GP :

STUTTGART: Russia’s Nadia Petrova defeated French teenager Tatiana Golovin in straight sets to win the Porsche Grand Prix title here on Sunday.

Fourth seed Petrova outclassed Golovin winning 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to collect the $98,500 prize money and a luxury Porsche sportscar. It was a fifth WTA title this year for the 24-year-old Petrova.