Just after winning the US Open, where she pulled off a major upset by beating Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 under controversial circumstances.
She then kept Vekic under pressure throughout, saving two break points on her own serve, before breaking for the second time in the set to win the match 6-3 and a meeting with Osaka.
Osaka, however, made quick work of a risky opponent who had knocked out top seed and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, breaking twice in a one-sided first set which she took with a blistering forehand down the line. Perhaps buoyed by the home support, Osaka kept pace with her more experienced opponent and broke serve to go up 4-3.
Fittingly, Pliskova wrapped up the match in the same way Osaka had started it - with an ace - to take victory.
Osaka has now lost in the final of this tournament twice, having also been runner-up in 2016. Within hours of her 6-4, 6-4 defeat in Tokyo, Wuhan Open organisers said on Twitter she withdrew from their tournament, citing a "viral illness". Meanwhile, Osaka advanced to the third round and had Madison Keys on the ropes before the American rallied for the win.Читайте также: Instagram founders clash with Mark Zuckerberg, leave Facebook
Karolina Pliskova (R) of Czech Republic, flanked by second-placed Naomi Osaka of Japan, poses with her victory trophy.
"I didn't want to try to overpower her because I think she just has more power than me, so I just wanted to be patient and just to wait for my chances, waiting for my shots", Pliskova said. "Stan is one of the best players in the world and I'm really proud of myself after I could beat him finally".
So, the last player to win the Tokyo title without conceding a set remains Agnieszka Radwanska in 2015. Pliskova said after the match. "It's always a pleasure to play in the final".
The former world No.1, who spent 419 minutes on court en route to the final, celebrated her 11th title in 21 finals. Then the Swiss seemed to suddenly lose his nerve, making a catalogue of unforced errors to allowing the Slovak to break to love.
In the deciding set, Klizan broke in the third game. That's normal in semi-finals - there are no easy opponents.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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