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09/22 02:22 CDT US Open champion Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final US Open champion Osaka reaches Pan Pacific Open final By JIM ARMSTRONG AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) --- Naomi Osaka eased into the final of the Pan Pacific Open on Saturday with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 semifinal win over Camila Giorgi. The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York this month, overpowered her unseeded opponent with a dominant serve and will face fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Sunday's final. "My serve got me out of a lot of trouble today," said Osaka. "She was playing really well and my serve helped me. I was a bit nervous because I really wanted to reach the final." Two years ago, Osaka lost in the final to Caroline Wozniacki, this year's top-seeded player who was eliminated by Giorgi on Thursday. Pliskova had to dig deep to beat Donna Vekic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in Saturday's other semifinal. After saving two match points against American qualifier Alison Riske in the last round, and coming back from a set down against Daria Gavrilova earlier in the tournament, Pliskova had to go the distance once again, needing 2 hours and five minutes. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
 
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