Wozniacki Faces Radwanska In Tokyo, Osaka Into First WTA SF; Jankovic Seeks Title Defense In Guangzhou
by Staff | September 23rd, 2016, 1:51 pm
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US Open semifinalist Caroline Wozniacki continued her climb back up the rankings beating qualifier Magda Linette 6-4, 6-3 to reach the last four at the Tokyo event.

The former No. 1 will meet fellow former champion Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals after the Pole ousted Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig 6-2, 6-3.

“We’ve played many times before, and again she’s a close friend,” Wozniacki said. “It’s going to be another tough one because she’s been playing well this week, but I’m just happy to be in the semifinals again.”

Wozniacki has won 8 of 12 from Radwanska including the last three in straight sets. But this is their first meeting of the year.

In the other semifinal, teen and Tokyo favorite Naomi Osaka will battle Elina Svitolina. Svitolina beat top seed Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

“It was a great performance from me and I think we both played really well,” Svitolina said of her win over the Spaniard. “In the second and third sets it was great tennis and I hope everyone enjoyed this match.

“It was pretty consistent tennis. I was playing really well from the first point. Maybe Garbiñe didn’t expect this but it was a great match and I’m really happy that it finished my way!”

The 18-year-old Osaka is appearing in her first career WTA semifinal.

In Guangzhou, Jelena Jankovic will try to defend her 2015 title against Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine.

“I’m very happy to be in the final here again in Guangzhou,” said Jankovic after defeating US Open quarterfinalist Ana Konjuh 7-5, 7-6. “I’m happy with my win today, and I look forward to playing tomorrow in the final and hopefully defending my title from last year.

“It was very tough. My performance was good, but I thought my opponent played so well; she was hitting the ball so hard, and she’s one of the players who has the heaviest and most powerful ball. It was difficult for me to hit back and play my game. I was trying to fight, get as many balls back, and be as aggressive as I could when I had the chance. I’m happy I was able to win in the end because it was a really difficult game.”


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10 Comments for Wozniacki Faces Radwanska In Tokyo, Osaka Into First WTA SF; Jankovic Seeks Title Defense In Guangzhou

RZ Says:

Nice to see Woz follow up her US Open with another strong showing.


Danica Says:

Nice to see Jelena get some tough wins. Lisicki, Konjuh… that’s great. Hope she’s getting back to form. Same as Caro.


jalep Says:

Jelena can really play some nice tennis from time to time 😉 Maybe she feels at home in Guangzhou? But when I pick her to win lately…
well, she should beat Tsurenko!

Caroline was in the shape of her life in 2014 and playing great tennis when she beat Aga twice that year and the last time they met Woz won on the clay in Madrid 2015, Aga’s worst surface. And there’s taping all over Aga’s right shoulder again. I’m prepared for Caro to win this time again. Dang it. Of course I’m hoping Aga will defend her Tokyo title points. But with 900 point Wuhan starting this weekend and no Serena playing…I don’t know how hard they’ll fight for Tokyo. Then there is Beijing for 1000 points coming up soon.

Incredible from Naomi Osaka beating Doi, Cibulkova, and Sasnovich in straight sets. Svitolina is just as impressive buzzing through Vandewehge, Pliskova, and Muguruza. Probably it’s Svitolina over Osaka. But I imagine winning Tokyo is young Naomi’s dream. Go Naomi…


Willow Says:

Hi Jalep, great post, well thought out, as always, and great to see you here ;-)) ….


jalep Says:

Gee thanks, Willow. ☺ Always nice to read you here, as well!


J-Kath Says:

For Margot, RZ and any others with a soft spot for Andy:

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/sport/14762375.Scott_Mullen__Why_we__39_re_right_to_love_Andy_Murray/

Posted the above here as everyone else seems to be using this thread.

Sleep well, tomorrow’s the week-end.
K


J-Kath Says:

Margot/RZ

Also – Grigor and Tim Henman both wore kilts on the Exhibition Charity event in Glasgow on Wed. – thought that was cute/amusing…?


Willow Says:

Kilts too cute lol ….


jalep Says:

Congrats to Naomi Osaka making the final in Tokyo!
Good luck to her vs Woz!

Woke up in the middle of the night in time to see Jelena lose too.

Practice Bracket for Wuhan and Beijing available here:
http://www.tennisdrawchallenge.com/group


AndyMira Says:

Congrats Caro for her win in Tokyo..After so much pain,she really need this win..Hope she will be back to her best soon..She still got a game to trouble top tiers..

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