HIROSHIMA – Nao Hibino advanced to the semifinals of the Japan Women’s Open by beating top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3 on Friday.
Making her first appearance in the quarterfinals in her seventh consecutive appearance at the event, Hibino broke her opponent’s serve five times, hitting 25 winners to 27 unforced errors.
The 24-year-old Hibino saved both break points she faced in the final game of the first set.
Also, Misaki Doi defeated seventh-seeded Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-5, 6-1.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5