Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

More Sports / Tennis Sep 23, 2016

Osaka bests Sasnovich, advances to semifinals

by Andrew McKirdy

Rising teenage star Naomi Osaka reached her first-ever semifinal on the WTA Tour after conquering her demons in a 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) win over Belarusian qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Pan Pacific Open on Friday. Eighteen-year-old Osaka, who toppled world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova in ...

Overpowering Osaka eliminates Cibulkova

More Sports / Tennis Sep 21, 2016

Overpowering Osaka eliminates Cibulkova

by Andrew McKirdy

Teenage sensation Naomi Osaka claimed her biggest scalp to date after beating world No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. Eighteen-year-old Osaka, whose appearance and playing style have drawn comparisons with her idol Serena Williams, ...

Cibulkova shines in hard-fought victory over Ivanovic

More Sports / Tennis Sep 25, 2015

Cibulkova shines in hard-fought victory over Ivanovic

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova scored a shock win over former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic at the Pan Pacific Open on Friday, booking a semifinal spot with a straight-sets victory at the Ariake Tennis Forest Park. The diminutive world No. 48 Cibulkova overpowered her more well-credentialed ...