Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Wozniacki waltzes past Wang into China Open final

Wozniacki waltzes past Wang into China Open final

Naomi Osaka admitted that she gets "stressed out" trying to live up to "the hype" after the US Open champion was beaten in the China Open semi-finals on Saturday.

Sevastova is set to play the final against the victor of the match between Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, the second seed and victor of the Australian Open this year, and wildcard Wang Qiang of China. "The depth of the draw for this year's tournament is fantastic, and tennis fans will be spoilt for choice with World No.5 Elina Svitolina, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, 2017 Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza and China's top two players Wang Qiang and Zhang Shuai leading the field".

"I was sort of apologising for my behaviour because I was kind of stressed", Osaka said when asked what the pair spoke about at the net following the match.

"I want to thank my team; Michael [Mortensen, her coach] thank you for being here and helping me out, and of course my dad, who has always been there with me since the start".

"Then if you win one Grand Slam, they're like, 'Oh, she only won one Grand Slam'".

The 20-year-old Japanese was broken on her first two service games and had tears in her eyes as the match threatened to slip away in the second set.

"I feel like we both have really good serves", she added.

Sevastova has never won a Premier Mandatory event but needs to win the title to keep her chances of qualifying for the WTA Finals alive.

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

In the men's final, Juan Martin del Potro faced Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

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