Naomi Osaka shut down the 17-match win streak of Bianca Andreescu in a China Open quarter-final on Friday, winning a battle of US Open champions.
Canada’s Andreescu, titleholder in New York last month, was taken down by the 2018 champion 5-7, 6-3, 6-4; Osaka was likely breathing a sigh of relief after defeating her first Top 10 opponent since the Australian Open.
Andreescu, 19, suffered her first career loss against a Top 10 player and was beaten for the first time since the Indian Wells fourth round in March.
Osaka had it all to work for in the win lasting two and a quarter hours, with the Japanese player coming from 1-5 down in the second set after losing the first and prevailing in the second to reach the semi-finals.
Osaka finished with 10 aces but was broken five times while Andreescu lost her serve in six games; the winner hit 31 winners to 24 for her opponent.
“We’re gonna have many matches like this,” Andreescu, who led 3-1 in each set, said of the budding rivalry.
“I forgot how it (losing) felt and honestly it sucks, I didn’t miss it.”
“But at least I didn’t get whooped 1-1. I put up a fight, it could have gone either way, it was just some points here and there.
“I’m pissed but I’m proud of how I played today, hopefully it was fun to watch.”
Osaka assured her passage to the season finals next month in China through her win.