Women's Sports: Naomi Osaka battles to beat Ashleigh Barty in China Open final

2019 China Open - Day 9 (Finals)

Naomi Osaka battled from a set down to beat world number one, Ashleigh Barty 3-6 6-3 6-2 in the final of the China Open in Beijing.

This is the second title Osaka has picked up in the last month after she won the Pan Pacific Open in her native country of Japan in September. However, the world number four was critical of her performance when speaking after the match. 

“I was telling myself to keep fighting even though my attitude was really trash - ‘this is a final, I’m really privileged to be here in the first place, so keep fighting!’” Osaka said.

“I feel like I wasn’t that calm here. I threw my racket, like, once every match. I really wanted to win here, I felt like I had something to prove.

"I still felt like the underdog, " Osaka added. "Results-wise, she's had a way better 2019, I think. She's ranked higher than me. People look at that going into it."

Osaka went down 3-6 in the first set but was able to turn the match around in the second set, not conceding a single breakpoint. Barty was able to save a match point in the final set, but ultimately Osaka was too strong for the French Open champion.

Osaka faced tough opposition en route to the final, overcoming reigning champion Caroline Wozniacki and ending US Open winner, Bianca Andrescu's 17 match winning streak. Her latest win brings her winning streak to 10, having not lost a match since the last 16 of the US Open.

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