Sevastova to face Wozniacki in Beijing title clash

Sevastova to face Wozniacki in Beijing title clash

Osaka missed out on becoming the first player in 2018 to reach three consecutive finals, losing 6-4 6-4 to Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in the semi-finals of the China Open in Beijing.

Meanwhile, Argentinas Juan Martin del Potro beat Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in straight sets to advance to the men's singles semi-finals. "I'm just, like, "Oh, I guess I have to do more, to be better".

"I enjoyed my life also away from tennis, but again coming back, it's a long journey to come back", Sevastova said, reflecting on her extended time out of the game.

There was to be no surprise in the women's decider. Wozniacki said eight was her lucky number and, having won in Beijing eight years ago, she "felt it was my year".

"Then if you win one Grand Slam, they're like, 'Oh, she only won one Grand Slam'".

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The German spit out 31 unforced errors to 16 for her opponent, who notched 6 aces and 93 percent of her first service points overall to seal the win in just over one hour.

Sevastova, who eliminated US Open champion Naomi Osaka of Japan from the semifinal, did not make it easy and fought to win the final, but Wozniacki managed to snatch her 22nd trophy on hard courts.

Wozniacki, whose form has been patchy in the second half of the year, was ruthless on her serve and wrapped up the first set with an overhead smash to underline her superiority.

"She didn't give me any presents, it was tough", said Sevastova, who retired in May 2013 because of persistent injuries, only to return in January 2015.

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