WTA Tokyo: Naomi Osaka powers past Giorgi to set Karolina Pliskova clash

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WTA Tokyo: Naomi Osaka powers past Giorgi to set Karolina Pliskova clash

The 3rd seed and world number 7 Naomi Osaka has continued where she left at the US Open, reaching her fourth WTA final and the second in Tokyo after 2016 thanks to a commanding 6-2 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi in an hour and 11 minutes. After losing in the opening round in Montreal and Cincinnati, Osaka is on a 10-win streak in New York and Tokyo and she will be the favorite against Karolina Pliskova in the title match as well.

It was an amazing performance for the Japanese against Giorgi, losing eight points on serve and never facing a break point. On the other hand, Giorgi served at only 53% and she lost almost half of the points in her games, unable to match rival's pace and suffering four breaks from seven chances she gave to Osaka.

Naomi played some out of this world tennis in the opening set, dropping two points on serve and pushing Giorgi to the limits on the return, controlling the scoreboard all the time. A forehand down the line winner sent Osaka 3-2 in front in the opening set after a break at 15 and she moved 5-2 up when Giorgi sprayed a backhand error in the seventh game, serving for the opener after the break.

The Japanese held at love with a service winner and she created another break point at the start of the second set. Giorgi fends it off to regain some composure and she fought well besides the fifth game when she sent a forehand long to lose serve.

That was all Osaka needed to bring the match home, sealing the deal with another break in game nine following an unforced error from Camila to celebrate her 10th win in a row and earn a chance to compete for the title in front of the home crowd. Semi-final results:


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