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Osaka and Kerber advance to quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open

Osaka and Kerber advance to quarterfinals at Pan Pacific Open

Top seed Naomi Osaka advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open after defeating Bulgarian Viktoriya Tomova 7-5, 6-3.

Osaka, who suffered a pair of service breaks early in the game, is looking to win her first title in her native Japan after finishing runner-up in 2016 and 2018.

Her rival on duty will come out of the winner of the match between Kazakh Yulia Putintseva and Russian Varvara Flink.

Also on Wednesday, German fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber won her first match since Wimbledon, winning 6-2, 6-4 over American Nicole Gibbs.

Kerber will see them in the quarterfinals against Madison Keys of the United States, who eliminated Zarina Diyas 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.

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Belgian Elise Mertens also advanced after defeating Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

At the Korean Open in Seoul, Russia’s Ekaterina Alexandrova (2) recovered to beat Czech Kristyna Pliskova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the quarterfinals.

Alexandrova will have Kristie Ahn as her next opponent. The American beat Romanian Ana Bogdan 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2). AP

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