Osaka crashes out of China Open in semifinals

Caroline Wozniacki Beijing 2018

Naomi Osaka 'stressed out' by living up to US Open win

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark sits beside her trophy on October 7.

A single break of serve was enough to see the Latvian take the first set, and the writing was on the wall for Osaka when Sevastova broke again midway through the second for a 3-2 lead.

Naomi Osaka says the pressure of expectation after her US Open win is causing her "stress" as the Japanese world number six tries to "prove" herself, BBC Sport reports. The eighth seed, who stunned Serena Williams to win her maiden Grand Slam last month in NY, belatedly began finding some range. "I'm just, like, 'Oh, I guess I have to do more, to be better'". "I feel like we both fought as hard as we could".

As it has been the case in her previous matches here in Beijing, Osaka had to overcome some shaky serving out of the gate, with a double fault in her first service game helping her opponent drag her to break point.

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"Then if you win one Grand Slam, they're like, 'Oh, she only won one Grand Slam.' I know it's bad, but I sort of read the comments".

Sevastova has never won against Wozniacki in four career meetings and the Dane has only ever conceded one set to the 28-year-old.

"Playing against Juan, he was sick today for sure, I could see that", said the all-action Georgian.

"It's a long way to get to the top 100". In the men's quarter-finals, the Italian Fabio Fognini continued his march towards a fourth title of the season with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

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