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16:50  21 september  2019
16:50  21 september  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Naomi Osaka will face the unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open after both players came through two matches on Saturday.

Top seed Osaka - a two-time runner-up in this event before it moved from Tokyo to Osaka - overcame Yulia Putintseva and Elise Mertens in straight sets after rain prevented her from taking to the court on Friday, winning eight of the last nine games against the latter to triumph 6-4 6-1.

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The win over Putintseva was a particularly sweet one for Osaka, given the Ukrainian had won their last three meetings in straight sets, including a first-round success at Wimbledon earlier this year. 

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has reached the Toray Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals thanks to a straight-sets win against Kiki Bertens. The 28-year-old is no stranger to second seed, Bertens, as the pair have faced each other five times in the past 12 months.

OSAKA , Japan – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova got the better of familiar foe Kiki Bertens to progress to the quarterfinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open In the fifth meeting in 12 months between the players, the Russian moved the mini-series 3-2 in her favor, having previously recorded wins in Wuhan and at

While Osaka's presence in the final is no huge surprise, even if she has not made a decider since winning the Australian Open in January, Pavlyuchenkova has exceeded all expectations this week.

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After thumping Misaki Doi 6-2 6-2 to end hopes of an all-Japanese final, Pavlyuchenkova shocked fourth seed Angelique Kerber with a 6-3 6-3 win.

The Russian will now contest her first final of 2019, having not dropped a set so far in this event.

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