Tennis: Air K Fights From Brink, Reaches Final

Tennis: Air K fights from brink, reaches finalKei Nishikori saved two match points to defeat Gilles Muller 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 on Saturday to make the Basel ATP final where he will face Marin Cilic who battled past qualifier Mischa Zverev 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Tennis: Osaka Named Wta Newcomer Of The Year

Tennis: Osaka named WTA Newcomer of the YearJapanese teenager Naomi Osaka was named 2016 WTA Newcomer of the Year on Friday.
The 19-year-old Osaka, the first Japanese winner of the award, has enjoyed a breakthrough year on the tour this season, rising to a career-high ranking of No. 40 after finishing 2015 ranked 203rd.

Kyrgios Beats Goffin To Bag Japan Open

Kyrgios beats Goffin to bag Japan OpenNick Kyrgios claimed his third, and biggest, title of the year, when rallying to beat David Goffin at the Rakuten Japan Open on Sunday.
The big-serving Australian won a tight match, in which there were only three breaks, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Tennis: Ex-champs Nishikori, Berdych Out Of Japan Open

Ex-champs Nishikori, Berdych out of Japan OpenFormer champions Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych lost at the Japan Open on Wednesday.
Top-seeded Nishikori was forced to retire with a left glute problem in the first set of his second-round match against Joao Sousa.
Third-seeded Berdych fell to Gilles Muller of Luxembourh 7-6 (7), 6-1 in the first round.

Japanese Robot Table Tennis Tutor Gets Guinness World Record

Japanese robot table tennis tutor gets Guinness World RecordKyoto-based Omron Corp.’s high-tech machine Forpheus has been certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s first robot table tennis tutor, the electronics maker has announced.
The robotic tutor observes the ball 80 times per second with two cameras to determine its speed and the rotation rate so that the course of the ball can be predicted, Omron said Sept. 8.

Wozniacki Blocks Osaka For Toray Title

Wozniacki blocks Osaka for Toray titleFormer world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki overpowered Japan’s Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to capture the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday, her first tournament victory since February 2015.
The Dane, who has battled back from a wretched run of injuries this year, weathered an early storm from her teenage opponent before running out a comfortable winner, claiming a second Tokyo title and the 24th of her career.

Nishikori, Japan Keeps Spot In Davis Cup World Group

Nishikori, Japan keeps spot in Davis Cup World GroupKei Nishikori and Yuichi Sugita beat Artem Smirnov and Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 as Japan won its Davis Cup World Group playoff 3-0 against Ukraine on Saturday.
The Japanese duo was in control from the outset and converted nine of 15 break point opportunities.

Osaka In Control In Tokyo With 1st-round Romp

Osaka in control in Tokyo with 1st-round rompJapanese teenager Naomi Osaka blazed into the second round of the Japan Women’s Open after thrashing Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit 6-0, 6-2 on Wednesday.
The 18-year-old, born of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, barely broke a sweat in Tokyo, smashing winners from all angles to underline her credentials after a breakthrough year on the tour.

Tennis: Nishikori Up To 5th In World Rankings

Tennis: Nishikori up to 5th in world rankingsKei Nishikori moved up two spots to fifth in the ATP world rankings Monday after reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Open.
At Flushing Meadows, Nishikori defeated second-ranked Andy Murray -- just his second win over the Scotsman in nine meetings -- to advance to his second career Grand Slam semifinal before falling to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka, who stood at No. 3. Novak Djokovic remained in first.

Japan's Ai Fukuhara Weds Taiwanese Table Tennis Player: Reports

Japan's Ai Fukuhara weds Taiwanese table tennis player: reportsJapanese table tennis star Ai Fukuhara and Taiwanese table tennis player Chiang Hung-chieh recently tied the knot in Japan, a Japanese newspaper said on Thursday.
Fukuhara, an Olympic medalist, and Chiang, a member of Taiwan's 2016 Olympic table tennis team, were married earlier this month, Japanese newspaper Nikkan Sports reported on Thursday.

Tennis: Nishikori Beats Karlovic, Sets Up Q'final With Nemesis Murray

Tennis: Nishikori beats Karlovic, sets up q'final with nemesis MurrayKei Nishikori continued his fine vein of form at the U.S. Open on Monday, beating big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic in straight sets to book a quarterfinal clash with Andy Murray.
The world No. 7 Nishikori used his all-court game to counter Karlovic's first and second serve rockets, breaking his opponent's serve in the fourth game of the first set and second game of the second to set the tone of the match. He took the first set 6-3 and the second 6-4.