Red-hot Osaka powers past Giorgi into Tokyo final

Tennis- Pan Pacific Open Women's Singles Final match

The former world number one started as if intent on finishing the contest as quickly as possible, storming to a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the first set in less than half an hour.

"I didn't want to try to overpower her because she just has more power than me", said Pliskova. Afterwards, she revealed to reporters that she "felt really exhausted today", and that she "wasn't doing the little things well". But the confidence is getting higher and higher with every match win; I won a lot of tough matches against tough opponents here.

Pliskova was more than happy to take advantage, capitalising both times when presented with a break point and winning the last 11 points to secure her second WTA title of the campaign.

The 20-year-old buried her head in a towel during the changeover and things barely improved in the second set, Osaka whacking her racquet against her sneakers in anger at her wastefulness.

"I've literally never felt more exhausted in my entire life", she told reporters, confessing that she needed some time off.

"That was tough and I was lucky to win", admitted Pliskova, who is chasing an 11th career title.

"I have literally never been so exhausted in my entire life", she told reporters. But other than that I feel like I've been playing well and I've been trying to set little goals for myself.

When asked to explain her lacklustre performance, Osaka replied: "If I know I would have fixed it".

"She has basically every shot and she has a really good serve, so I know it will be a very hard match".

Making fifth appearance at Tokyo, where she was through to the final for the first time, she battled back from 1-4 down in the final set against Gavrilova and came from a break down twice in the final set and saved two match points to defeat qualifier Riske in the quarter-finals. "Naomi was maybe a little bit exhausted, you could see that".

A weary-looking Pliskova dug deep in the decider and the quality of her superior hitting eventually told as she broke Vekic's resolve with a strong start to the third set.

Currently just outside the eight qualifying spots for next month's WTA Finals in Singapore, Pliskova has now spent 420 minutes on court in Tokyo compared to 222 minutes for Osaka.

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