Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beats Daria Gavrilova in Hong Kong final

Doug Mendoza
October 16, 2017

The highest ranked player left in the Hong Kong Open, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russian Federation beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Friday.

AUSTRALIAN Daria Gavrilova has stormed into the final of the Hong Kong Open, crushing American Jennifer Brady 6-0 7-5 in their semi-final. Holding her serve for the first time in the match, Brady hit the ball with more pace and broke back to level at 4-4 in the decider.

"I'm not going to just go out and enjoy (the final)", Gavrilova said.

The underdog finally made it onto the scoreboard to start the second set with her first ace, but Gavrilova pulled straight back to work with a break for 2-1.

It was Brady who was blown away by Gavrilova in the first set as the searing heat of earlier in the week gave way to a blustery autumnal day, the world number 70 winning just 11 points in the first set.

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Osaka ousted Venus Williams but couldn't match the 21st-ranked Pavlyuchenkova from the baseline, and served nine double faults.

Pavlyuchenkova returned the favor in the second set with interest. "I'm really excited to be in the final here", she said in her third appearance at the Hong Kong Open.

Australia's top-ranked woman came through, sending a forehand victor into the far corner for three match points and finishing off the afternoon with a successful drop shot.

"I was a really tough three-set match and I thought I wasn't fit enough for that one".

With this win the Russian rises to 14th spot in the WTA Race, and considering she plays Moscow as well next week, she has high chances to qualify for WTA Elite Trophy event in Zhuhai. She's really going well, grinding well.

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