2019 WTA China Open Oct 5, 2019 17:43:13 GMT
Post by Admin on Oct 5, 2019 17:43:13 GMT
A blockbuster quarterfinal at the China Open found former World No.1 Naomi Osaka coming back from a set and a break down in both second and third sets to end US Open champion Bianca Andreescu's winning streak.
In a much-anticipated and riveting first clash between the two most recent US Open champions, No.4 seed Naomi Osaka fought back from a set and a break down in both second and third sets to take the honors 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 over No.5 seed Bianca Andreescu in two hours and 14 minutes to reach the China Open semifinals.
"It meant a lot because I feel like people counted me out after the Europe thing," Osaka said afterwards, referring to her clay and grass swings in which she did not reach a final. "I'm just like, I still won a slam this year, I won [Osaka]. I'm still here. But there's a sort of beauty to be underrated."
The result ends Andreescu's winning streak, dating back to the fourth round of Miami in March, at 17 - but extends Toray Pan Pacific Open champion Osaka's own to eight in this year's Asian swing. The Japanese No.1, who struck 31 winners to 30 unforced errors and 10 aces, has also dealt out Andreescu's first defeat at the hands of a Top 10 opponent in nine matches.
"I forgot how it feels [to lose]," said Andreescu. "Honestly, it sucks. I didn't miss it at all. But at least I didn't get whooped 1 and 1. I put on a fight. Honestly, it could have went either way. It was just some points here and there. At the same time I am pissed, but at the same time I'm proud of myself with how I played today. I really fought, especially in that last game. Holy crap, that was crazy."