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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday October 1, 2019


Naomi Osaka is rounding into form in Asia. The Osaka champion made it six victories in a row on Tuesday at the China Open with a commanding 6-2 6-0 victory over Andrea Petkovic.

Osaka blasted 21 winners against 11 unforced errors to avenge a 2014 loss to Petkovic in which she won just four games.

The No.4 seed, now coached by her father Leonard Fran├žois, dropped just six points on serve and saved the only break point she faced.

"I feel like she wants to be close to the baseline most of the time,” Osaka said according to WTATennis.com. “Right off the bat I felt like I had to get her moving. I think I did that well."

Osaka will next face American Alison Riske, who defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3 3-6 6-4 on Tuesday.

While Osaka’s winning streak was stretched, the winning streak of Wuhan champion Aryna Sabalenka was stopped at six.

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Daria Kasatkina defeated the Belarusian 6-4 7-6(5) to book her spot in the round of 16. The Russian has now won back-to-back matches for the first time since May and will face Ekaterina Alexandrova in the round of 16 at Beijing.

Elsewhere in Beijing, Sloane Stephens dropped to 4-8 since Wimbledon when she fell to China's Zheng Saisai 6-3 6-1. Zheng's victory sets a round of 16 clash with top-seeded Ashleigh Barty, who defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-4 6-2. Barty, who reached the semifinals at Wuhan before falling to Sabelenka, improves to 5-1 during the Asian Swing. The World No.1 is one win shy of her 50th win of 2019 with a record of 49-10.

Petra Kvitova (d. Mladenovic 6-4 6-4) and Sofia Kenin (d. Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-2) also advanced in the top half of the China Open draw on Tuesday. Kvitova will face Belinda Bencic on Wednesday in China while Kenin will fave Elina Svitolina.

Angelique Kerber has now dropped eight of her last 11 matches after falling to Polona Hercog, 6-4 6-2 on Tuesday. Th 10th-seeded German could not manage a break against Hercog and fell in 77 minutes. Hercog will face World No.8 Kiki Bertens in the round of 16. The Slovenian has dropped 18 matches in succession against the WTA's Top 10, and owns a 1-27 record vs. the Top 10 overall.

Defending champion and No.16 seeded Caroline Wozniacki was also a winner on Tuesday. She defeated Christina McHale 6-4 6-0 for her eighth consecutive win at Beijing.

More to come...

 

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