Pan Pacific Open: Karolina Pliskova beats Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka upset by Karolina Pliskova in Toray Pan Pacific Open final

Naomi Osaka upset by Karolina Pliskova in Toray Pan Pacific Open final

Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka lost to the Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday.

Naomi Osaka's winning streak ends at 10, including seven matches at the US Open that she won earlier this month.

Osaka could not recover after being broken by the world number eight in the fifth game of the first set and, as the strain began to show, she called for coach Sascha Bajin and groaned: "I feel so stressed out".

Undaunted by the partisan crowd, the 26-year-old Pliskova was willing to mix it up with the hard-hitting home favorite from the outset, riding her own powerful serve and ground strokes to victory. "I knew I had to play aggressive and make her move around the court, to play with all the energy I had in me and to be positive all the time - that was the goal".

Fittingly, Pliskova wrapped up the match in the same way Osaka had started it - with an ace - to take victory.

"My serve got me out of a lot of trouble today", said Osaka.

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"She has basically every shot and she has a really good serve, so I know it will be a very hard match".

Osaka, who has not dropped a set this week, will now face world number eight Karolina Pliskova in Sunday's final after she beat Donna Vekic. Pliskova won over Naomi Osaka of Japan in the final.

"I didn't want to try to overpower her because I think she just has more power than me, so I just wanted to be patient and just to wait for my chances, waiting for my shots", Pliskova said. "I have my weapons, she also has some".

Third-seed Osaka, 20, said after the match that she "felt really exhausted today" and that she "wasn't doing the little things well", after having not dropped a set in tournament until Sunday. I was expecting a tough one. Then the Swiss seemed to suddenly lose his nerve, making a catalogue of unforced errors to allowing the Slovak to break to love.

"I was getting exhausted from the match, so it was not as fast as I wanted to serve".

Tomljanovic in the semi-finals of the singles on Saturday ousted Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei, who nonetheless made a final, pairing up with sister Hsieh Shu-ying against South Korean duo Choi Ji-hee and Han Na-lae in the doubles.

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