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Osaka crashes out of China Open in semifinals

Osaka crashes out of China Open in semifinals

Anastasija Sevastova defeated U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-4 in the China Open semi-finals on Saturday and will take on Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday's title clash.

Following the match, the Japanese player praised her opponent saying, "It was really hard to play against her here".

The Latvian - featuring in her first WTA Premier final after overcoming Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals - responded with a break of her own, but she made 21 errors in the second set alone as the Australian Open champion reeled off the last three games to triumph.

The Argentine top seed Del Potro will face either Britain's fifth seed Kyle Edmund or unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

It is her second China Open crown - she also won it in 2010 - and 30th overall. "I feel like we both fought as hard as we could". Zhang broke to go 2-0 up and Osaka - who has admitted struggling with the fall-out from the US Open final, when Williams rowed with the chair umpire - began welling up.




"Playing against Juan, he was sick today for sure, I could see that", said the all-action Georgian.

Sevastova has never won against Wozniacki in four career meetings and the Dane has only ever conceded one set to the 28-year-old.

"Having won again... eight is my lucky number and it is eight years ago I won here so I felt like it was my year", world number two Wozniacki said.

Wozniacki, whose form has been patchy in the second half of the year, was ruthless on her serve and wrapped up the first set with an overhead smash to underline her superiority.

The time off allowed her body to mend and she returned to the sport in January 2015.