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Sport In-form Osaka takes down Barty in China Open final

15:15  06 october  2019
15:15  06 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Naomi Osaka will face world number one Ashleigh Barty in the China Open final after surging past defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. Barty , 23, had to save match point in a thrilling tie-break decider against the Netherlands' Bertens, also committing 52 unforced errors in a nervy showing.

Naomi Osaka said that she had just two hours' sleep before crushing title-holder Caroline Wozniacki to sweep into the China Open final on Saturday. The 21-year-old Japanese will play world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia in Sunday's championship match in Beijing - and will hope to have had a

Naomi Osaka wearing a hat and smiling at the camera: Naomi Osaka at the China Open © Getty Images Naomi Osaka at the China Open

Naomi Osaka came from a set down to beat world number one Ashleigh Barty in the China Open final and claim her second WTA Tour title in succession.

Osaka, the champion on home soil at last month's Pan Pacific Open, extended her winning streak to 10 matches with a richly deserved 3-6 6-3 6-2 triumph in Beijing.

  In-form Osaka takes down Barty in China Open final © Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo   In-form Osaka takes down Barty in China Open final © Jason Lee/Reuters

The Japanese has endured an up-and-down year but now shapes as the form player heading into the WTA Finals later this month, having earned the second Premier Mandatory title of her career 19 months on from a breakthrough success in Indian Wells.

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"I just really wanted to win here, I felt I had something to prove," said Osaka in the on-court presentation.

  In-form Osaka takes down Barty in China Open final © Ng Han Guan/AP Photo   In-form Osaka takes down Barty in China Open final © Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo

"Basically I was telling myself to keep fighting even though my attitude was really trash. This is a final, I'm really privileged to be here in the first place, so keep fighting."

Although Barty took the first set on Sunday, Osaka could take plenty of heart from the fact she looked untroubled on serve barring the one game in which she was broken.

Barty saved two break points on her way to winning the opener and a third early in set two, but Osaka's pressure was eventually rewarded as she finally enjoyed success on her rival's serve and levelled the contest.

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This year, Tsitsipas reached the finals of the Madrid Open , Millennium Estoril Open , Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Meanwhile, Britain's Jamie Murray and partner Neal Skupski missed out on a place in the men's doubles final , losing 6-4 6-4 in 76 Osaka to face Barty in China Open final .

  In-form Osaka takes down Barty in China Open final © Jason Lee/Reuters   In-form Osaka takes down Barty in China Open final © Jason Lee/Reuters

Another break came Osaka's way at the start of the decider and a subsequent missed chance for Barty, who put a forehand long when she had a chance to get back to 2-2, proved crucial.

Osaka, who ended the long winning run of US Open champion Bianca Andreescu at the quarter-final stage, soon reeled off eight points in a row to open up a 5-2 lead, before converting her second match point to seal victory.

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