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Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia hits a return during her women's semi-final match against Naomi Osaka of Japan at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2018.

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06/10/2018 at 14:29 | Updated 06/10/2018 at 17:26

Anastasija Sevastova defeated US Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-4 in the China Open semi-finals on Saturday and will take on Caroline Wozniacki in Sunday's title clash.

Sevastova, managing a stomach muscle problem and not quite at 100 percent, controlled the contest by winning three out of eight break point opportunities to knock out the error-prone Japanese player.

The Latvian said she had sustained the problem in her win over Croatia's Donna Vekic in the last 16.


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"Playing against Donna, I had some problems with my stomach muscle and never expected to go further. The physios did a good job and somehow I'm still hanging in there, serving OK," world number 20 Sevastova said.

"It (muscle issue) changes the serve a bit. I didn't go too much for aces or fast serves... just tried to hit the angles and placement and that helped."

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark reaches for a return during her women's singles third round match against Anett Kontaveit of Estonia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 4, 2018

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Sevastova edged a tight first set with a solitary break as Osaka's game showed signs of falling apart. The 20-year-old made 42 unforced errors in the contest.

Osaka also struggled with a lower back problem in the second set as Sevastova raced to a 5-2 lead before closing out the win.

In the other semi-final, Australian Open champion Wozniacki converted five out of eight break point opportunities to thump local hope Wang Qiang 6-1 6-3 and reach her first hardcourt final since Melbourne.

Sevastova, who is looking for her second title of the season, has never beaten Wozniacki in four previous meetings.

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