Osaka's winning streak comes to an end

24th September 2018

Naomi Osaka's winning run came to an end as she fell to former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Playing in her first tournament after her famous victory over Serena Williams to win the US Open, third-seeded Naomi Osaka of Japan didn’t drop a set previous to the final but was frustrated since the opening exchanges of the match by the big-serving Pliskova.

Osaka was bidding to become the first Japanese winner of the event since 1995 in front of the home fans but succumbed 6-4 6-4 in a battle of two big servers.

"I feel like I haven't really had much time to rest, so I don't know, I feel really tired right now. But...to play the finals of the U.S. Open and then come here, I think I did pretty well. So if there's anything I can take away from this, I think I'm proud of myself," the world No. 7 Osaka said.

Despite the loss against the eighth-ranked Pliskova, Osaka remains well on track to achieve her goal of qualifying for the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time.

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