Top seed Naomi Osaka won two matches on Saturday to reach the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open for the third time in Osaka, Japan.
Due to bad weather on Friday, Osaka first had to beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-4 to set up a semifinal showdown with ninth-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens. The Japanese star then cruised in the semifinal, beating Mertens 6-4, 6-1.
Mertens - Italy - Camila - Giorgi - Match
Mertens also was forced to play twice, beating Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-3 in another delayed quarterfinal match.
Osaka will face Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final. Pavlyuchenkova completed a 6-2, 6-2 win over Japan’s Misaki Doi before stunning fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Osaka - Pavlyuchenkova - Meeting - Title - Finishes
Osaka lost to Pavlyuchenkova in their only previous meeting, in 2017. She’s seeking her first title after two runner-up finishes in the...
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