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20191003 AP (Sportsnet), “Andreescu moves on to quarters at China Open after 17th consecutive win“
“Andreescu, ranked sixth in the world, and No. 4 Osaka have combined to win the past three Grand Slams on hard courts. The 19-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., won this year’s U.S. Open last month in New York, while Osaka prevailed at this year’s Australian Open and last year’s U.S. Open.
It will be their first career meeting.
“Ever since she started doing well at the U.S. Open, Australian Open, I’ve really wanted to play her,” said Andreescu, who is 8-0 against top-10 players this year, with all the matches coming on hard courts.
“I’m glad I have the opportunity now. I think it’s going to be a really tough match. She’s an incredible athlete and player. If I just go out there and play my game, hopefully I can do good things.”
Osaka has not lost any of her 14 sets during the current Asian swing, highlighted by a tournament win last week in Osaka, Japan.
The 21-year-old Osaka beat American Alison Riske 6-4, 6-0 on Thursday in the third round of the US$8.285 million Premier-Mandatory event.
The Osaka-Andreescu clash could have a significant impact on the world rankings. Currently, Andreescu is projected to jump to No. 4 in the rankings next week, while Osaka would fall to No. 6.
But that could change if Osaka prevails. Six of the top eight players are in the China Open quarterfinals, which could result in more shuffling as the week progresses.“