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Osaka, Andreescu in China Open qtrs

Beijing, Oct 3 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/3/2019 1:17:41 PM IST

Two of the most exciting talents in tennis will meet for the first time on Friday when Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu clash in the China Open quarter-finals.

On the eve of what could be the start of a long rivalry, the 21-year-old Osaka called the 19-year-old Canadian “an amazing player” and said “I have to learn from her”.

The Japanese, on the upswing after a slump following her triumph at the Australian Open at the start of the year, smiled: “I’m older than her, very much so.

“I noticed that she seems to be very... just focused.”

Osaka, yet to drop a set in three matches in Beijing and fresh from winning the Pan Pacific Open in Japan, earned her place in the last eight in style.

The two-time Grand Slam champion said she was “angry relaxed” after a dominant 6-4, 6-0, win over unseeded American Alison Riske.

Osaka, the world number four, reeled off 10 games in a row to seal victory.

“I’m relaxed, but I’m a little bit angry, it’s an angry relaxed,” said Osaka when asked what was behind her recent success in Japan and now China. “I know after Australia I was like, ‘I’m going to have fun’. It was not fun, I did not have fun,” she said, referring to her dip in form.

Andreescu, ranked sixth and playing her first tournament since stunning Serena Williams in the final at Flushing Meadows, thrashed American qualifier Jennifer Brady.

The teenager, who is on a roll of 16 wins on the trot, started with intent, breaking Brady’s first service game on the way to a brutal 6-1, 6-3 win in 68 minutes. Earlier, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki suffered a late blip before reaching the quarter-finals of the China Open on Thursday with a straight-sets victory over Katerina Siniakova.

The 29-year-old Dane dismantled the unseeded Czech 7-5, 6-4 in 98 minutes in the Beijing heat, although she squandered a series of match points on the way to the win.

The 16th seed plays the winner of the all-Russian clash between Daria Kasatkina and Ekaterina Alexandrova in the last eight.

Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion and a former world No 1, is yet to drop a set in her three matches in the Chinese capital.

 

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