By Giorgi! Japan's Osaka romps into Tokyo final

Third seed Osaka needed just 71 minutes to complete her 10th straight win after capturing a historic US Open title earlier this month

"You don't get to play a final every week so I want to enjoy it".

The players had split their previous two meetings, but Osaka started the final as favourite after her historic NY triumph. Wozniacki). Pliskova, the third Czech to reach the final at Tokyo after Kvitova won in 2013 and Sukova in 1988 (l.

The 20-year-old buried her head in a towel during the changeover and things barely improved in the second set, Osaka whacking her racquet against her sneakers in anger at her wastefulness.

"I knew I had to play good to win today", said Bertens.

"I've literally never felt more exhausted in my entire life", said the 20-year-old, who plans to take some time off.

"The chances of me playing in the next tournament are very low", she added, only to pull out hours later. But other than that I feel like I've been playing well and I've been trying to set little goals for myself.

Osaka, supremely confident and in top form coming into the contest on the back of 10 consecutive wins, appeared uncertain throughout the match as her Czech opponent broke serve once in each set to triumph in 64 minutes.

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Osaka hammered nine aces over the course of the victory and dropped just eight points in eight service games over the course of the match. Pliskova said after the match.

Prior to the final, Pliskova had spent 419 minutes on court, more than any other player and nearly twice as long as Osaka, but the Japanese player soon wilted and was unable to match the brilliance that secured her a first Grand Slam title. She's 0-3 in finals for her career.

Pliskova was more than happy to take advantage, capitalising both times when presented with a break point and winning the last 11 points to secure her second WTA title of the campaign.

It was important for me to play two sets and not go three sets - also for recovery for the next tournament - and I needed a match like this.

When asked to explain her lacklustre performance, Osaka replied: "If I know I would have fixed it".

Osaka, the runner-up in Tokyo two years ago, climbed to seventh in the rankings after becoming Japan's first grand slam singles champion but she looked lost for ideas against Pliskova.

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