US Open champion Naomi Osaka came back from behind to beat Anastasija Sevastova 3-6 6-0 6-4 in women’s singles quarterfinals at the Brisbane International. The title favorite took 90 minutes to fight back from a first set stumble in the hands of the eighth-seeded Latvian tennis ace.
No 2 seed Osaka ended her jinx against World No 11 Sevastova who had won both prior clashes with Osaka in 2018. The 21-year-old Japanese started slow and won the second set unanimously after she gave away the first one 3-6.
The US Open semi-finalist Sevastova was aggressive when she grabbed a 2-0 lead game before claiming he first set before in half an hour. However, Osaka was very careful with the serve as she claimed the second set in just 20 minutes. She went on to maintain a 3-1 lead in the third set.
Osaka became the first Japanese to win a Grand Slam after she defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in a fiery clash in the 2018 US Open final. Her ranking jumped from world No 68 to five and she is likely to surpass compatriot Kimiko Date-Krumm‘s highest ranking to become the first player from the country to reach No 3.
Osaka will play the winner of Thursday night’s clash between Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko and Estonian Anett Kontaveit in the semifinal on Sunday.