Osaka blazes into Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals

Karolina Pliskova Naomi Osaka

Karolina Pliskova Naomi Osaka

The local favorite raced out to a 4-0 lead before Cibulkova finally held to win her first game.

"My first match (since the U.S. Open) in Tokyo felt really special", Osaka said. "It was really hard because she's such a great player but I just thought it was more fun".

"I didn't really feel any pressure - I felt it was more fun", said Osaka, who reached the Tokyo final in 2016. "I'm just grateful that I could play in front of you guys". "I felt I was in control of some rallies, but it was too hectic", Cibulkova said.

With split-second accuracy, the exploratory contract came good in spectacular style as the unfancied Osaka beat Serena Williams in a foul-tempered battle from the American's side to win a first Slam event title.

The 75th-ranked Riske won three break points in the opening set on her way to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over the Spaniard, now ranked 14.

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The titanium sports watch is said to run for four years on a full charge - more than enough to get Osaka to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and beyond.

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The shy 20-year-old Osaka, who has spent most of her life in the United States and lives in Florida, has been in the spotlight both on and off the court since returning to Japan last Thursday.

While happy with her performance in the 6-2, 6-1 victory at Arena Tachikawa Tachihi, the 2016 Pan Pacific finalist said her overwhelming feeling was gratitude at her warm reception from Japanese fans.

"It wasn't a match I was proud of". "I just couldn't find my rhythm". She was serving well.

Osaka will either play Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic or Estonia's Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-finals.

French second seed Caroline Garcia was made to work hard to get past Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 2-6 7-5 and will face the victor of Thursday's match between Britain's Johanna Konta and Croatian Donna Vekic.

Osaka's serve was a big weapon in the match as she served 10 aces with no double faults in a very solid overall display. "For me I never know the limit of what level I can go to".

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