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

Naomi Osaka upset by Karolina Pliskova in Toray Pan Pacific Open final

Naomi Osaka beaten by Karolina Pliskova in Pan Pacific Open final in Tokyo

Tearful US Open champion Naomi Osaka blamed tiredness after a surprise defeat in straight sets by Karolina Pliskova in the Pan Pacific Open final.

Sensing blood, Pliskova broke for 5-4 and, moments later, delivered the coup de grace with a sixth ace Osaka barely wafted her racket at.

Pliskova soon set her foot after unleashing another brutal drive as Osaka made flat-fault into the net.

Osaka and Pliskova will face off Sunday for the third time overall and second this year with a Premier-level title on the line.

"It was important for me to play two sets and not go three sets - also for recovery for the next tournament - and I needed a match like this", Pliskova, fourth seed, said after the win. "I have played Pliskova twice already and so I know she is a great player", said Osaka, who won their last meeting at Indian Wells. But I served really well and that got me out of a lot of trouble today.

In her postgame press conference, Pliskova said she had been wary of Osaka's power and had tailored a game plan aimed at neutralizing the U.S. Open champion's risky forehand.

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Pliskova, meanwhile, was more than happy to take advantage of Osaka's sloppiness, converting both her break point opportunities and reeling off the last 11 points to secure a second WTA title of the campaign.

"The chances of me playing in the next tournament are very low", she said. "She was missing quite a lot today so it was working, so I didn't change anything".

Former World No 1 Karolina Pliskova won the title by snapping the 20-year-old's 10-match winning streak to triumph, 6-4, 6-4 and win her 11th career title.

"I've literally never felt more exhausted in my entire life, so I kind of want to say the chances of me playing in the next tournament are very low", she said. "I haven't really had much time to rest, so I feel exhausted right now". "She has basically every shot and a really good serve, so I know it's going to be a really hard match". "Naomi was maybe a little bit exhausted, you could see that".

She can still, however, take heart from her recent run of form as she looks to finish the year on a strong note.

The Wuhan Open, which began on Sunday and ends on September 29, still boasts a strong field despite Osaka's withdrawal, with the top five women's players, including world number one Simona Halep, all taking part.

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