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Osaka borders on disaster against Vekic but goes to semifinals in Stuttgart

Osaka borders on disaster against Vekic but goes to semifinals in Stuttgart

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka brushed elimination, going 5-1 against in the decisive third set against Croatian Donna Vekic, before reacting and ending up winning 6-3, 4-6 and 7-6 ( 7/4), in the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart tournament.

The Japanese, who is sure to continue at the top of the WTA ranking regardless of her result in Germany, had a big drop in form after taking the first set.

The second set went to Vekic, 25th in the world, who came to have his service in favor, with 5-1, to sentence the duel in the third.

Osaka remained calm and once again demonstrated his combativeness, emerging from an extreme situation to finally take the ticket to the semifinals.

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It will be his first semi-final since his title in January at the Australian Open.

She will play on Saturday, looking for a place in the final, against Estonian Anett Kontaveit (15th), who advanced to the ‘semis’ after the abandonment of former world number 1 Victoria Azarenka, when the Belarusian lost 5-7, 7-5 and 3 -0.

On the other side of the table, Czech Petra Kvitova (3rd) also needed three sets to beat Latvian Anastasija Sevastova (13th) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Kvitova will play Dutch Kiki Bertens (7th), who beat local Angelique Kerber (5th) 6-3 and 6-4.

The Stuttgart women’s tennis tournament is played on clay and is endowed with $ 886,000 in prizes.

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– Stuttgart WTA Tournament

– Singles – Quarterfinals:

Naomi Osaka (JPN / N.1) defeated Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4)

Anett Kontaveit (EST / N.8) to Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 5-7, 7-5, 3-0 and abandonment

Petra Kvitova (CZE / N.3) to Anastasija Sevastova (LAT / N.7) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Kiki Bertens (NED / N.6) to Angelique Kerber (GER / N.5) 6-3, 6-4. AFP

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