Ashlyn Krueger beats Zhu Lin at Japan Open for first tour title

OSAKA, Japan -- American Ashlyn Krueger capped a perfect week to win her first tour title by stunning top-seeded Zhu Lin of China 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the final of the Japan Open.

Krueger hadn't dropped a set at the tournament leading into Sunday's final, and the 19-year-old Texan showed few nerves as she broke No. 35-ranked Zhu's first service game of the match and then maintained composure through a tight second set and tiebreaker to claim her breakthrough title in 1 hour, 36 minutes.

Before this week, the 123rd-ranked Krueger's best tour result was the quarterfinals on the grass of 's-Hertogenbosch. She came into the week without a main-draw win on hard courts this year.

Her victory in Osaka will move the American inside the top 100 for the first time.