09/21 04:50 CDT Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open
Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open
By JIM ARMSTRONG
AP Sports Writer
TOKYO (AP) --- U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka advanced to the semifinals of the
Pan Pacific Open by beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4 on Friday.
The third-seeded Osaka converted all three of her break points and won 80
percent of points on her first serve. She will next face either Camila Giorgi
or Victoria Azarenka.
Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title when
she upset 23-time major champion Serena Williams in New York.
Also, fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova defeated Alison Riske 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6
(4). She will next play Donna Vekic, who beat second-seeded Caroline Garcia
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