US Open champ Osaka ‘stressed out’ by great expectations

Naomi Osaka was hindered by her back which she said was more a case of fatigue than anything more serious

Naomi Osaka admitted she has been "stressed out" by living up to her US Open win after losing in the China Open semi-finals.

Wozniacki was cruising as she won four of the last five games in the first set and then went 4-1 up in the second.

Wozniacki is also the reigning WTA Finals and Australian Open champion and the highest ranked player left in the tournament following world number one Simona Halep's first round retirement.

"I feel like we both have really good serves", she added. "I needed to really work it, to work hard, win the points".

The 28-year-old is one victory away from her fourth - but biggest - WTA title of her career.

"I want to thank my team; Michael [Mortensen, her coach] thank you for being here and helping me out, and of course my dad, who has always been there with me since the start".

If she wins against Wozniacki, Sevastova will rise to world number 11 but only to world number 12 if she loses.

Sevastova retired from tennis in May 2013 and studied leisure management instead after becoming frustrated by injuries.

"Playing against Juan, he was sick today for sure, I could see that", said the all-action Georgian.

The time off allowed her body to mend and she returned to the sport in January 2015.

"It's a long way to get to the top 100".

Argentine top seed Del Potro was far from his best and has been fighting flu or a cold for several days in the Chinese capital.

Fognini withdrew from the semi-final because of ankle pain.

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