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Pliskova pummels tearful Osaka to win Tokyo crown

Former world number one Karolina Pliskova stunned Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka in straights sets to capture the Pan Pacific Open on Sunday. The fourth seed took just 63 minutes to complete a clinical 6-4, 6-4 victory over the newly crowned US Open champion in Tokyo, bringing Osaka’s 10-match winning streak to a shuddering halt. “My serve is my biggest weapon and it was key today,” added Pliskova after scooping an 11th career title.

Anderson beats Djokovic again in Laver Cup as Team World hits back

South African Anderson led the charge by blasting 17 aces past the Serbian world number three in a 7-6(5) 5-7 10-6 victory that shifted the momentum after the World side had lost the opening two matches of the day to fall 7-1 behind. “We’ve had some really close matches haven’t gone our way and I really wanted to put us back in there,” Anderson, who lost the Wimbledon final to Djokovic earlier this year, told reporters.

Efficient Pliskova proves too strong for ‘tired’ Osaka

Osaka, supremely confident and in top form coming into the contest on the back of 10 consecutive wins, appeared uncertain throughout the match as her Czech opponent broke serve once in each set to triumph in 64 minutes. Prior to the final, Pliskova had spent 419 minutes on court, more than any other player and almost twice as long as Osaka, but the Japanese player soon wilted and was unable to match the brilliance that secured her a first Grand Slam title. 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.

Djokovic: Sock gave me karma back for hitting Federer

Novak Djokovic “got his karma back” for inadvertently striking Roger Federer when Jack Sock did the same to him in the Laver Cup. Djokovic and Federer teamed up on Friday as they took on Sock and Kevin Anderson in the doubles, suffering Team Europe’s only defeat of day one with a 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 10-6 loss. “I apologised right away,” Djokovic said.

Osaka beats Strycova to reach semifinals at Pan Pacific Open

Naomi Osaka raised her game when she needed to, and it landed her a spot in the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open. The U.S. Open champion, who upset Serena Williams in the final in New York this month, won her ninth straight match Friday, beating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-4. ”This was my third time playing her, and each time it was very close, so I knew she was very good,” said the third-seeded Osaka, the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title.

Majestic Giorgi ends Wozniacki’s reign in Tokyo

Camila Giorgi produced an inspired performance to end a struggling Caroline Wozniacki’s dominance of the Tokyo Open and will face Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals. Wozniacki won the tournament in each of the last two years, but the world number two’s poor form continued as Giorgi marched into the last eight with a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory. The unseeded Giorgi had not beaten the Australian Open champion for four years, but the sprightly Italian outplayed the top seed with an outstanding display on Thursday.