US Open champion Naomi Osaka is into the China Open semi finals after overcoming Zhang Shuai.
It wasn’t easy going for the world number eight, though, as she had to battle back from one set down to win 3-6 6-4 7-5.
“She’s such an incredible player and it was really hard to play against her here,” Osaka said on-court after the match.
“I’m just thinking one match at a time, and it can only get harder from here.”
Osaka is now due face Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova in the next round.
Sevastova was a US Open semi-finalist and Osaka admitted she expects a difficult contest.
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“I’ve played Sevastova twice, and both were on hard courts,” she said.
“I know that she’s a great player. Everyone knows this.
“I’m expecting a really hard match.
“I know that she’s going to fight really hard.
“Hopefully I keep the momentum.”
In the other semi-final, Chinese number one Wang Qiang will play world number two Caroline Wozniacki.
Qiang won 7-5 7-5 against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, while Wozniaki eased past Kateřina Siniaková 6-2, 6-3.
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