Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka Triumph in Beijing

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The final day of the 2019 China Open presented us with some exciting tennis as both male and female singles matches went into a deciding set.

First on the court were Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka. Barty, who is currently at the number one spot on the WTA list, started the match well, breaking her opponent in the sixth game that lasted for 15 points. Osaka had a chance to break back immediately in the next game, but Barty saved the breakpoint with a nice drive volley. The Australian put the first set in the books with an ace (6–3).

The second set was almost identical to the first, except this time, Osaka was the player who broke her opponent’s serve in the sixth game. The two-time Grand Slam champion from Japan held her serve to push the match into a deciding set.

From that point on, Naomi Osaka was straight-up dominating. She took the opening game and won 10 consecutive points to take a 5–2 late in the set. Barty did put up some resistance in the final game, but her forehand on the second match point was wide, and Osaka could start celebrating.

The Japanese won her third title in 2019 and improved to 3–0 in finals this year.

In the male singles final, we saw a Next-Gen duel between Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Both youngsters displayed stunning tennis in the first frame, but it was Tsitsipas who came on top in most rallies and took the opener 6–3.

Tsitsipas broke first in the second set, but Thiem came back right away to make it 2–2. On 4–4, the Greek had another breakpoint, but the Austrian was in a comeback mode throughout the week and saved himself from a dangerous situation once again to lead 5–4. 

On match point, Thiem had a lot of luck, as his passing shot hit the top of the net and went past his opponent, which meant that we would see a third set in the men’s singles final as well.

Crushed by all the missed opportunities, Tsitsipas was mentally absent from the court in the deciding frame, and Thiem quickly moved to a double break lead early on. The Austrian held to the end and won the deciding set 6–1. This was the 15th career title for Thiem and the fourth in 2019.

The Croatian-Slovakian combination of Ivan Dodik and Filip Polasek won the men’s doubles title, while the American duo of Sofia Kenin and Bethanie Matek-Sands prevailed in the ladies’ doubles final.

 

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