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Qualifiers Diyas and Kato reach the title match — WTA Tokyo

17 September 2017

Kazakh Zarina Diyas continued her dream run at the Japan Women's Open on Saturday by upsetting Christina McHale in the semi-finals, ending the American's hopes of retaining the title. Despite a left knee strapping, Ziyas fought well and prevailed in the crucial moments of the first and third sets, despite losing serve 7 times. It wasn't a good serving display from either player and returners had numerous chances, which turned this encounter into a very entertaining one. "Christina played really well and I had to work for every point, but I am happy with my game and I think I played really well".

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McHale, who beat Katerina Siniakova in last year's final, then rattled through the second set, winning all three of her break points to set up a decider.

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Diyas crunched another forehand down-the-line victor for a third break of the match to go 3-2 up in the second set and although Kato broke back immediately, it only delayed the inevitable.

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Qualifiers Diyas and Kato reach the title match — WTA Tokyo