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".More news: Options for North Korea are 'effective and overwhelming'
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.More news: Key Equifax executives departing after huge data breach
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.More news: International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) Shorted Shares Increased By 5.01%
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