Monday, 15 October, 2018

Sevastova to face Wozniacki in Beijing final

Naomi Osaka 'stressed out' by living up to US Open win Osaka pulls out of Hong Kong Open with back injury
Frederick Owens | 09 October, 2018, 18:53

Naomi Osaka of Japan walks on the court after being treated by a trainer during her women's semi-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2018. "She (Zhang Shuai) is such an incredible player and it was really hard to play against her here", WTA quoted Osaka, as saying.

"Wozniacki takes home 30th career title at China Open and 40th win of the season!"

In the other semi-final, Australian Open champion Wozniacki converted five out of eight break point opportunities to thump local hope Wang Qiang 6-1 6-3 and reach her first hardcourt final since Melbourne.

"It was one of my best tournaments ever. The physios did a good job and somehow I'm still hanging in there, serving OK", world number 20 Sevastova said.

Recently-crowned US Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the ongoing Hong Kong Open citing a back injury. "I feel like we both fought as hard as we could".

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Raced into an early lead against an unusually erratic Osaka, who had won 24 of her previous 28 games.

"I'm kind of happy that I was able to get this far".

"I enjoyed my life also away from tennis, but again coming back, it's a long journey to come back", Sevastova said, reflecting on her extended time out of the game.

"Then after number one in the world, I wanted to win a Slam, then I wanted to lift trophies".

Wozniacki, whose form has been patchy in the second half of the year, was ruthless on her serve and wrapped up the first set with an overhead smash to underline her superiority.

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