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Pavlyuchenkova eases past Bertens in Osaka

19th September 2019, 16:21 by Craig Smithson

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kiki Bertens in straight sets to secure her place in the Toray Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals.

The 28-year-old is no stranger to second seed, Bertens, as the pair have faced each other five times in the past 12 months.

And, with the head-to-head score level at 2-2 going into their tie in Osaka, Japan, it was Pavlyuchenkova who edged ahead as she wrapped up a 6-1 7-5 win in one hour and 31 minutes.

The Russian, who also defeated Bertens at the Australian Open and in Wuhan, can now look forward to her first quarter-final appearance at the tournament since losing the 2017 final against Caroline Wozniacki.

"It was nice to play such a good player today," she told the WTA website. "We played at the US Open and she won. But I got revenge today here and I'm pleased.

"The difference today compared to the US Open was I took my chances. I had opportunities in New York, 5-2 up and serving for the set, but I didn't take them. Today I did and I was sharp on all the points."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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