Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Sevastova beats Osaka 6-4, 6-4 in China Open semifinal

Sevastova beats Osaka 6-4, 6-4 in China Open semifinal

The Japanese star required treatment to her lower back during her semi-final defeat to unseeded Anastasija Sevastova at the China Open in Beijing on Saturday.

That's basically why." Osaka, who is still overcoming the tiredness post the US Open further added, "I just kind of felt a little bit exhausted practising and warming up for the match.

"If you don't win a tournament, then people will say, 'Oh, she hasn't won a tournament'".

Wozniacki said eight was her lucky number and, having won in Beijing eight years ago, she "felt it was my year".

"I know it's bad, but I sort of read the comments (online or in media). I'm just like, 'Oh, I guess I have to do more, to be better'". The eighth seed, who stunned Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam last month in NY, belatedly began finding some range. Asked at the post-match press conference, where she again looked unhappy, why she had had tears in her eyes on court, she replied curtly, "Because it was a hard match. I feel like we both fought as hard as we could".

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"I am really disappointed not to be able to compete at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open this year", WTA quoted Osaka, as saying.

Sevastova, who dashed Osaka's hopes of reaching a third straight final, will face either Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki or Chinese wildcard Wang Qiang on Sunday. Caroline played wonderful today, it's always tough playing against her and I have never won.

"It's a long way to get to the top 100".

Fognini, who was chasing a fourth title of the season, reportedly has an ankle injury.

The Argentine will now play Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final after the Georgian defeated Kyle Edmund of Great Britain.

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