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
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
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