Naomi Osaka brought out incredible composure to win in Beijing despite Bianca Andreescu having big leads!

I actually don’t know where to begin.

I need a lie down after that, my head hurts.

That match had more rollercoasters than a day out at Disneyland.

21:15 local time Naomi Osaka kicked off proceeding racing 40-0 up on serve before losing five points in a row and found herself a break down.

The theme was set for the next 23 minutes with the Canadian finding herself up 5-1 and a game away from winning the set.

Just like in New York against Serena, 5-1 became 5-5. Bianca was down 0-30 on serve and then reeled off eight points in a row to hold serve and break Naomi to love to take the set 7-5.

Second set, similar theme.

Despite good work from Naomi on the fourth break point of Naomi’s second service game of the set the US Open champion did get her breakthrough.

A consolidation led to a 3-1 lead for the Canadian who was hitting the ball with more conviction but that risk element was still there after what happened in set one.

Fast forward a little bit more and 3-1 became 3-6 Naomi Osaka winning another collection of games and really stepping into the court and being the one asking the questions.

So where to now?

Third and final set beginning just before 23:00 hours.

0-30 down immediately and Naomi held serve very well. 0-40 down in her next game and a forehand into the net gave Bianca a break and a 3-1 lead.

We’ve been here before!

4-1 lead? Back to 3-2.

Just messy again from Bianca. 0-30 down on serve and just a poor serve sat up nicely for Naomi who worked to find that backhand winner down the line.


Holds of serve became the thing and at 4-4 who would take the next step?

The level of tennis got greater, the way Naomi Osaka grew into what was asked of her defensively and to still put Andreescu on the back foot at times was incredible!

At 4-4 30-30 it was the former world number one who looked more composed with how proceedings were panning out and Bianca looking stressed and over cooking some shots.

A shout of “come on” and a backhand down the line meant Naomi Osaka would serve for the match.

Break back point, second serve and for the first time Andreescu sends it wide.

Moments later on match point, Osaka double faulted…

Second match point saved as Andreescu’s backhand clips the back line as Hawkeye subsequently showed us.

Third time lucky? Of course. 5-7 6-3 6-4 Naomi Osaka

The story at the end of the day will be about Andreescu’s winning run of 17 come to an end and her first top ten defeat of the season but the way Naomi re-grouped was exceptional.

5-1 in the first and 3-1 in the second but stayed competitive and always gave the Canadian something to think about with her incredible defensive skills and really opening up the court.

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