China Open: Osaka survives huge scare to reach semis

08 October, 2018, 22:42 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • China Open

Osaka will face China's Zhang Shuai in the quarterfinals, who knocked out world No. 3 Angelique Kerber 6-1, 2-6, 6-0 on Thursday.

Naomi Osaka admitted she has been "stressed out" by living up to her US Open win after losing in the China Open semi-finals.

Osaka, 20, required treatment on her lower back midway through the second set.

The 20-year-old's first Grand Slam win last month was overshadowed by Serena Williams' row with the umpire.


"I think definitely as the weeks go by, I have this feeling of wanting to prove myself", Osaka said afterwards.

The 45th-ranked Zhang - with the crowd on her side - raced into an early lead against an unusually erratic Osaka, who had won 24 of her previous 28 games. Last month she won her maiden Grand Slam title in a stormy final in NY, and was runner-up at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. "I hope that we will continue to have good matches", Sevastova said. Asked at the post-match press conference, where she again looked unhappy, why she had had tears in her eyes on court, she replied curtly, "Because it was a hard match".

The 20th-ranked Latvian will face the victor of the semifinal between China's Wang Qiang and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. "It's exciting to feel like I'm playing well at the end of the year", world number two Wozniacki said.

The Argentine will now play Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final after the Georgian defeated Kyle Edmund of Great Britain.

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