Best match she's played since the Australian Open.
Her BH was sublime today, can't remember a single UFE from that side. TBH, she didn't make many errors anyway - was just so solid off the ground.
Her serve too - 20/20 first serve points won and only 6 points dropped off her second serve. And she wasn't even serving that well, just 48% first serve percentage
She wins her 2nd title of the year and first since the AO, and probably, guaranteed her Shenzhen spot with this title now.
Pavs played ok but her returning was way too poor, just couldn't read Osaka's first serve at all. I thought her 2nd serve return was pretty good but then Naomi defended her first return very well. Her serving wasn't exceptional either, just constantly under pressure on serve, could have easily been 6-1 6-1. Just not a good match-up for her IMO, Osaka just does everything better.
Osaka finally wins her first title on home soil. Next year's Tokyo Olympics will be electric, and honestly I hope she can feed off her home crowd and make some Olympic tennis history for Japan.