Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final at Giorgi's expense

Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final at Giorgi's expense

Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final at Giorgi's expense

Naomi Osaka continued her winning streak with another comfortable victory to move into a Tokyo Open final clash against Karolina Pliskova.

And the third seed began in menacing fashion, thumping an ace down the middle on the first point and holding her first two service games to love.

"She has basically every shot and a really good serve, so I know it's going to be a really hard match".

Osaka will shift her attention to the rest of the Asian swing starting with next week's Wuhan Open in China.

A weary-looking Pliskova dug deep in the decider and the quality of her superior hitting eventually told as she broke Vekic's resolve with a strong start to the third set.

"I know that she's a great player", Osaka said of Pliskova.

Osaka is ranked 7th in the world.

She then added another 26 winners, including seven aces, during straight-set win over Czech No.3 Strycova in the quarter-finals and struck nine aces, winning 34 of 42 points on serve to see off unseeded Giorgi in the semifinals to become the first maiden Slam champion to make the final of her next event since Azarenka won Australian Open and then Doha in 2012.

Osaka, who upset Serena Williams in the final in NY, hadn't dropped a set previous to Sunday's final and was frustrated from the outset by the big-serving Czech player.

"My serve got me out of a lot of trouble today", said Osaka.

Naomi Osaka's dominant run came to end on Sunday in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open.

Pliskova soon set her foot after unleashing another brutal drive as Osaka made flat-fault into the net.

"Because if you set a really high goal, than normally, for me at least, I tend to overwhelm myself".

For Pliskova, it was a first tournament victory since Stuttgart in April - and the first since wedding long-time partner Michal Hrdlicka in the summer.

"The first one this year was before the wedding", she said. "I feel like I'm improving in every match, but the opponents are always tougher".

"It was important for me to play just two sets and not go to a third one". I have my weapons, she also has hers. "She's a good player, but I'm just happy with my performance this time in Tokyo".

Tennis. Tokyo-2018. The semi-finals.

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