Naomi Osaka wins WTA Pan Pacific Open in Osaka

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Naomi Osaka celebrates her title in Osaka at the WTA Pan Pacific Open (Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka wins her first title on home soil — and first since the Australian Open — thanks to a straight-sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Former world No.1 Naomi Osaka won her first singles title since the Australian Open in January, beating Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova¬†in the Toray Pan Pacific Open final in Japan.

Enjoying strong support from a parochial crowd, top seed Osaka dominated the match with her powerful groundstrokes to win 6-2 6-3 in Osaka on Sunday.

It is world No.4 Osaka’s first title in the country of her birth — she lost Pan Pacific Open finals in Tokyo in 2016 and 2018 — and fourth in her career.

She won back-to-back Grand Slam titles at the 2018 US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open in January.

Her first career title came at Indian Wells in March 2018.

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“I just wanted to win this really bad,” she told wtatennis.com.

“I think what I learned from this tournament is just to focus every point, and just to have really positive energy.”

Osaka improves her record at the Pan Pacific Open to 11-6, with those 11 wins coming in her past 14 matches at the tournament.

She also elevates her win-loss record in 2019 to an impressive 33-13.

She is expected to remain at world No.4 when next week’s rankings are released, but closes the gap behind third-ranked Elina Svitolina.

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