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Osaka & Thiem claim China Open titles

Osaka & Thiem claim China Open titles Photo: TT
Naomi Osaka of Japan poses with the trophy during the awarding ceremony after the women s singles final against Ashleigh Barty of Australia at 2019 China Open tennis tournament in Beijing

Naomi Osaka and Dominic Thiem lifted the women’s and men’s singles titles at the China Open which concluded in Beijing on Sunday.

Osaka defeated Australian Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, marking her second title in recent times after winning the Pan Pacific Open in Japan last month.

The Japanese world number had to fight back from a set down to overcome her top-ranked opponent in the one hour, 50-minute encounter.

Osaka revealed she’d overcome mental demons to claim the crown.

“Basically I was telling myself to keep fighting even though my attitude was really trash; ‘this is a final, I’m really privileged to be here in the first place, so keep fighting!’” Osaka said.

“I feel like I wasn’t that calm here. I threw my racket once every match. I really wanted to win here, I felt like I had something to prove.”

Thiem also came from a set down to win the men’s singles title over Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The triumph marks Thiem’s 15th career singles crown and helps the Austrian reinforce his current world number five ranking.

The match took two hours and 13 minutes, with seventh-ranked Tsitsipas edging a tight first set, before Thiem took over.

“Honestly I think this was one of the best matches I have played so far in my whole career,” Thiem said.

“I think from both of us there were way more winners and unforced errors.”

Ben somerford
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