In a blockbuster between the previous two US Open champions, it was Osaka, the world No. Four and 21-year-old from Japan, besting the 19-year-old Canadian 5-7, 6-Three, 6-Four in Beijing.
“It meant quite a bit as a result of I really feel like folks counted me out after the Europe factor,” Osaka mentioned, referencing how she carried out on clay and grass this yr, shedding within the third spherical of the French Open and within the first spherical at Wimbledon and never reaching a ultimate.
“I am similar to, I nonetheless received a slam this yr, I received (in Osaka). I am nonetheless right here. However there is a type of magnificence to be underrated.”
It ends the 17-match unbeaten streak of Andreescu, who final misplaced within the fourth spherical in Miami in March. It is also the primary loss for Andreescu, ranked sixth, in opposition to a participant within the prime 10. Earlier than Friday, Andreescu was Eight-Zero, with all of these wins coming this yr.
On Friday, Osaka fought again from being a set and a break down in opposition to Andreescu. The Japanese-Haitian sealed the win on her third match level, with an ace. She completed with 31 winners to 30 unforced errors and had 10 aces.
“I used to be actually nervous on the primary couple (of match factors), and I simply tried to breathe,” Osaka mentioned. “I do know that she’s such a tremendous participant.”
After failing to defend her title on the US Open final month, Osaka has rebounded in Asia. She has received eight matches in a row, together with profitable her fourth profession title, coming within the metropolis of Osaka.
That is Osaka’s second straight yr reaching the semifinals in Beijing. The 2-time main champion subsequent will face the defending Beijing champion, Caroline Wozniacki, who defeated Daria Kasatkina earlier Friday. The opposite semifinal is world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty in opposition to eighth-ranked Kiki Bertens.
Friday was the primary assembly between Osaka and Andreescu. And if that is the primary installment of a rivalry for years to come back between them, tennis followers might be in for an actual deal with.
“We’re gonna have many matches like this,” Andreescu mentioned. “Our sport types are fairly totally different, however they stage up fairly equally.”
Osaka joked: “Pay attention, I do not need to play her any extra, I am good, one-and-done.”
However she acknowledged there’ll probably be extra encounters with the Canadian.
“It is certain to occur once more,” Osaka mentioned.