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Fourth Title For Kobayashi in Denver
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Fourth Title For Kobayashi in Denver

After finishing runner-up at the National Capitol Open in Washington last week, Misaki Kobayashi claimed her fourth WSA title today as she beat home-hope Kristen Lange in the $5k Hashim Khan Championships in Denver.

Despite being the favourite to win the event, Kobayashi didn’t have an easy ride on her way to final, as she dropped a game to Larissa Stephenson of New Zealand, before being forced to five games by teenage Egyptian Nouran El Torky in the semi’s. 

By contrast, unseeded Lange made an impressive title challenge after first defeating the No6 seed Nayelly Hernandez of Mexico and No4 seed Milou van der Heijden 3-0.  The 23-year-old from Seattle then faced fellow American Olivia Blatchford whom she dispatched in five games, to book her first WSA final appearance. 

The promising run was ended however, as Kobayashi’s experience showed in a straight games win against the American.  The Japanese international becomes the first player to win the new Hashim Khan Championships event. 

Kobayashi tweeted to her followers after the final: “Happy with my 4th WSA title.  Toronto next, hope to keep the good form.” 

Final
[1] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) v Kristen Lange (USA) 12-10, 11-2, 11-6

Semi-finals:
[1] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt [3] Nouran El Torky (EGY) 4-11, 11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 12-10
Kristen Lange (USA) bt [2] Olivia Blatchford (USA) 11-7, 11-6, 3-11, 7-11, 11-8

Quarter-finals:
[1] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Larissa Stephenson (NZL) 11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-8
[3] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [5] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
Kristen Lange (USA) bt [4] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-8, 11-8, 13-11
[2] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [7] Celia Allamargot (FRA) 8-11, 8-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-5

1st round:
[1] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Imelda Salazar Martinez (MEX) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6
Larissa Stephenson (NZL) bt [8] Ivonne Diaz (MEX) 11-7, 11-8, 11-3
[3] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt Diana Elisa Garcia Fierro (MEX) 11-7, 11-8, 14-12
[5] Thaisa Serafini (BRA) bt Elpiniki Clement (USA) 11-6, 11-1, 11-7
Kristen Lange (USA) bt [6] Nayelly Hernandez (MEX) 11-5, 12-10, 11-8
[4] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Katja Amir (GER) 11-6, 11-4, 11-9
[7] Celia Allamargot (FRA) bt Maria Fernanda Rivera (MEX) 11-2, 11-8, 11-8
[2] Olivia Blatchford (USA) bt [Q] Antonella Falcione (ARG) 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-6

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