US Open winner Naomi Osaka into China Open quarterfinals

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Naomi Osaka maintained her strong form since winning the US Open with a 6-1, 6-2 win Thursday over Julia Goerges to advance to the China Open quarterfinals.

It is Osaka’s second tournament since she upset Serena Williams in straight sets in the Flushing Meadows final on Sept. 8.

Osaka advanced to the final of last week's Pan Pacific tournament in Tokyo before losing to Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-4.

The 20-year-old Japanese player got off to a slow start Thursday, saving a break point and enduring five deuces in the eight-minute first game of the match. But Osaka came back to break Goerges’ serve in the next game and raced to a 5-0 lead.

Osaka won four consecutive points on Goerges’ serve to open the second set and clinched the match in 67 minutes.

In the quarterfinals, Osaka will play the winner of Thursday’s later match between Angelique Kerber and Zhang Shuai.

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