Pliskova beats Osaka on home soil to win Pan Pacific Open

Pan Pacific Open Karolina Pliskova beats Naomi Osaka

Pan Pacific Open Karolina Pliskova beats Naomi Osaka

US Open champion Naomi Osaka stormed past Italy's Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3 on Saturday to reach the final of the Pan Pacific Open, where she will face Karolina Pliskova.

She served well against Vekic, making 78% of her first serves, winning 71% of those points, and will need to find similar numbers against Osaka who she can not match off the ground.

A tearful Osaka said at the prize presentation in Tokyo that she needed a break after her exploits in becoming the first Japanese to win a grand slam title at the US Open in NY earlier this month started to take its toll.

Osaka could not recover after being broken by the world number eight in the fifth game of the first set and, as the strain began to show, she called for coach Sascha Bajin and groaned: "I feel so stressed out".

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Because we have a lot of singles guys on the team, previous year also Rafa he did play more doubles than us sometimes in the past. Europe skipper Bjorn Borg meanwhile praised the performance of the World team, who were captained by his old rival John McEnroe.

This will be the third Tour-level meeting between Osaka and Pliskova and the second this year.

Ajla Tomljanovic (+9, No.53 to No.44): The Australian was another player to reach a career best mark, after a week in which she reached the Seoul final, losing to Kiki Bertens.

"It was a very tough match", Klizan said. "She was missing quite a lot today so it was working, so I didn't change anything".

Osaka's victory in front of an expectant home crowd was her 10th in a row and did not look in doubt from the moment the World No. 7 pounded down a huge ace with her first serve of the match.

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"I think Donna was playing well and she's beaten a lot of tough players this tournament". Meanwhile, Osaka advanced to the third round and had Madison Keys on the ropes before the American rallied for the win. "I haven't really had much time to rest, so I feel exhausted right now".

"I didn't want to try to overpower her because she just has more power than me", said Pliskova. I have my weapons, she also has hers. "That's sort of like me playing ahead, but I'm still not 100 percent sure yet". Then the Swiss seemed to suddenly lose his nerve, making a catalogue of unforced errors to allowing the Slovak to break to love.

In Sunday's final, Klizan will face the victor of the semi-final between top-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem and fifth-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut. "For a while it was looking like it maybe could be under two hours, but not really".

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After passing the Cabo Verde Islands the system was not expected to pose a direct threat to land for at least several days. Weather forecasters say Tropical Storm Kirk has formed in the eastern Atlantic and is moving rapidly westward.

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