China Open 2019: Naomi Osaka fights back from set down to beat Bianca Andreescu in thrilling quarter-final

21-year-old Japanese star Naomi Osaka moved into the China Open semi-finals with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in over two hours in Beijing.

Agence France-Presse October 04, 2019 22:11:21 IST
China Open 2019: Naomi Osaka fights back from set down to beat Bianca Andreescu in thrilling quarter-final
  • Naomi Osaka fought back from a set down to defeat Bianca Andreescu in a captivating first meeting Friday between two of the biggest young talents in tennis

  • The 21-year-old Japanese moved into the China Open semi-finals with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in over two hours in Beijing

  • Fresh from stunning Serena Williams in the final of the US Open, the 19-year-old Andreescu surged into a 5-1 lead in the first set

Beijing: Naomi Osaka fought back from a set down to defeat Bianca Andreescu in a captivating first meeting Friday between two of the biggest young talents in tennis.

China Open 2019 Naomi Osaka fights back from set down to beat Bianca Andreescu in thrilling quarterfinal

File image of Naomi Osaka. AP

The 21-year-old Japanese star moved into the China Open semi-finals with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in over two hours in Beijing.

She now plays title-holder Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday in the last four.

The first instalment in what should be the start of a long rivalry did not disappoint as Osaka brought the young Canadian's run of 17 wins in a row to an end.

Fresh from stunning Serena Williams in the final of the US Open, the 19-year-old Andreescu surged into a 5-1 lead in the first set.

But Osaka, the Australian Open champion and a former number one, powered back to make it 5-5.

Only for Andreescu to break once more, before ramming home her advantage in a riveting first set.

Fourth-ranked Osaka, the Japanese who beat Williams to become the 2018 US Open champion, was soon under pressure in the second set.

Sixth-ranked Andreescu went up 3-1, but Osaka then reeled off five games straight to level at one set each and go to a decider.

Osaka nailed the third match point with an ace, her 11th of the match.

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