Pliskova ends Osaka's winning streak, claims Pan Pacific Open title

Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a ball to Camila Giorgi of Italy

The US Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in NY this month, overpowered her unseeded opponent with a dominant serve and will face fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in Sunday's final.

"I haven't really had much time to rest, so I feel exhausted right now", said Osaka in Tokyo, confessing that she needed a break having won 10 matches in a row including her triumph at the US Open title before her streak came to a shuddering halt.

Pliskova was relatively comfortable against Osaka, who had been in blistering form and had yet to drop a set going into the final, and her serve constantly put the first Japanese to win a Major singles title on the back foot.

Vekic, though, had defeated top 10 players Sloane Stephens and Caroline Garcia en route to the last four and recovered from an early break in the second set to secure two of her own.

The 20-year-old Osaka converted all three of her break points and won 80 percent of points on her first serve.

Pliskova then served out the match with a love game, sealing the victory with an ace.

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"I've never been in a final in Japan and the last one is always the toughest".

The Czech former world number one came into the contest having spent 419 minutes on court this week, more than any other player despite a first round bye and nearly twice as long as Osaka.

China's Wang Qiang picked up her second career WTA title with a surprisingly straightforward 6-1, 6-2 victory over Yulia Putintseva in the final of the Gunagzhou International Women's Open Saturday. "She's a good player, but I'm just happy with my performance this time in Tokyo".

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

"I think [my serve] got me out of a lot of trouble today", Osaka said afterwards. Osaka whacked her racket against her sneakers in anger at her wastefulness and, as the strain began to show, she called for her coach Sascha Bajin before groaning: "I feel so stressed out".

"Naomi is playing with confidence", added Pliskova. "As I am feeling very exhausted today, maybe I wasn't doing the little things well". "The chances of me playing in the next tournament are very low". "So if there is anything I can take from this it is that I am proud of myself".

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