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Osaka SF: [1]Osaka def Mertens 6-4 6-1

Great match in long time
First set was close. Naomi had break points in first game. 3 . Mertens served well to save them. Went on till tenth game. Naomi took the only set point with net cord. High quality.
Second set was annihilation.
Naomi was leading 2-0 then,
Only one bad serve game hy naomi where she didnt win single point, 2 double faults but recovered soon and won next 4.
Her serve was clicking big time. I hope she brings this level in final
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Naomi

Two matches in a day, and she got through both of them very well!

Mertens was very far from her best, she was quite horrible tbh - especially on her serve, way too many DFs and just couldn't get anything going.

Naomi was pretty decent I thought, but I thought she was better against Putintseva than in this one, although obviously she hit some blistering winners. I thought she served extremely well too, probably the best she's served in a few months I think.

Dubois' commentary sometimes she just said Naomi's BH is better than her FH (what?) and that she'd play more often to Osaka's FH if she was playing her.

Naomi makes her first final since the Australian Open I think! And her 2nd consecutive home final and 3rd one overall (0-2, losing to Wozniacki and Pliskova). And she plays either Pavs or Kerber (who'd be extremely tough even in her current form).
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wow Osaka in a final now bring home the trophy
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Osaka back in the finals

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I'm surprised by how well she played. Kudos.

Mertens hits way too many DFs.
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Long time and her serve came back.
Home crowd. She is always motivated here. Good for olympica i guess
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re: Osaka SF: [1]Osaka def Mertens 6-4 6-1

Not really convinced by Osaka’s form still. Mertens couldn’t return her first serve so the match up is really quite difficult for her.

But this match shows once again what a huge gulf there is between Mertens and the top players, especially the big servers. I actually do like her ball striking but she is always on the back foot. Considering her height & how high risk her ground strokes are, she really lacks fire power. At least her defensive slice helps conceal her lack of athleticism. I really think she has maximised her potential unless she makes some technical/physical changes.
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Naomi!!!!! Woo!!!
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Great win for Naomi, given she had only little time between the two matches

I want to read the headline: Osaka wins Osaka.

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Not sure about anyone else but Mertens feels like a weak era thriver.
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Time to bring Home the Trophy then tomorrow. 3rd Time the Charm?
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Good match from Naomi

Take the title now, girl!!
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Osaka in Osaka final. That's hilarious.
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