Thursday, 19 September, 2019

Naomi Osaka beats home favourite Zhang Shuai at China Open

Naomi Osaka apologises after 'emotional' win over Zhang Shuai Zhang to face Osaka after dumping Kerber
Andrew Wong | 07 October, 2018, 19:59

China Open organisers have had the players competing in a "chopstick challenge" and Zhang and the German Kerber are now winning. Moreover, she commenced massively on her home-ground. But a series of unforced errors could not have come at a worse time for Zhang, who suffered four double faults in the decider. "She (Zhang Shuai) is such an incredible player and it was really hard to play against her here", WTA quoted Osaka, as saying.

But Osaka responded with a break of her own, firing off a forehand victor down the line that left Zhang powerless to answer.

The 20-year-old Japanese was close to tears at points in her 3-6 6-4 7-5 win in the China Open quarter-finals.

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"I'm just thinking one match at a time, and it can only get harder from here".

From 1-4 down in the third set, struggling with serve and with every other stroke in her array, Naomi Osaka completed the second comeback win in 2018 and reached the semifinals at the China Open.

Osaka's tendency to be too aggressive at the baseline worked to Zhang's benefit throughout the match.

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The match lasted for one hour and 33-minute. Turning more serious, the world number six, said: "On the court I have to think "focus" because it's not something that's natural to me".

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki clinched a place in the season-ending tournament alongside Petra Kvitova after beating Estonia's Anett Kontaveit 7-5, 6-4.

Osaka, the eighth seed in Beijing, similarly thrashed unseeded American Danielle Collins 6-1, 6-0 in the previous round and is showcasing the ruthlessness that saw her beat Williams in a controversial NY final.

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Meanwhile on the men's side, fourth seed Fabio Fognini downed Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-3, Marton Fucsovics of Hungary beat Marco Cecchinato of Italy 6-4, 6-2, and Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia defeated Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

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