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Osaka goes on 10-game run to reach quarters will face Andreescu

Naomi Osaka said Thursday that she was “angry relaxed” after the Japanese tennis player set up a potential first meeting with US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in Beijing.

The 21-year-old, the reigning Australian Open champion, won the last 10 games against unseeded American Alison Riske to surge into the last eight at the China Open, 6-4, 6-0.

Osaka and Andreescu, two young stars of women’s tennis, will meet if the 19-year-old Canadian wins her match later Thursday against American qualifier Jennifer Brady.

Osaka has not dropped a set in three matches in the Chinese capital and also did not lose a set on the way to winning her home Pan Pacific Open last month.

The two-time Grand Slam champion from Japan served seven aces and stretched her winning streak to seven matches.

It is in contrast to the stuttering form the world number four endured after winning the Australian Open at the start of the year.

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“I’m relaxed, but I’m a little bit angry, it’s an angry relaxed,” said Osaka, asked what was behind her recent success in Japan and now China.

“I know after Australia I was like, ‘I’m going to have fun’. It was not fun, I did not have fun.”

The Japanese said she took a week off after her last 16 defeat at the US Open, where teenager Andreescu went on to triumph over Serena Williams in the final.

“I was sorting out my thoughts,” said Osaka, adding that she has “self-diagnosed ADHD” because “if I tell myself to relax, I play three-set matches.

“Out here, if you see, I’m kind of ‘angry’ right now, I can get through straight-set wins.”

Osaka called Andreescu “an amazing player.” “I feel like she’s doing better than I was last year, so it’s all cool,” Osaka said. “I have to learn from her too.”

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Murray sees off No. 20 Berrettini in China

Andy Murray continued his positive return to singles play after hip surgery with a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7) win over 13th-ranked Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the first round of the China Open on Tuesday.

Berrettini, who is eighth in the ATP’s Race to London standings, broke Murray and served for the first set at 5-3, only for the three-time grand slam winner’s customary fighting spirit to kick in and force a tiebreak.

The 32-year-old was dominant in the initial breaker, allowing his Italian opponent only two points.

The pair exchanged breaks early in the second, which also went the distance.

Murray dug in to save two set points before prevailing 9-7, setting up an all-Get all the latest Betting and Sport News updates on your social media outlets.British clash against Cameron Norrie.

“It was tough. At the end I was just trying to fight and play as offensively as possible,” Murray said post-match

“It cost me on a few points but helped me out a bit at the end and I got over the line with a good passing shot at the end.”

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The former top-ranked Murray, who had a hip resurfacing operation in January, fired eight aces and saved five of seven break points to pick up his second tour-level singles win since returning in August.

Berrettini, ranked No. 20 in the world, is the highest-ranked player the Scot has defeated since returning to singles action.

Murray defeated Tennys Sangren in the opening round of the Zhuhai Championships last week, before losing to eventual champion Alex de Minaur in the second round.

“Last week was a big step for me. Now I just need to try and get the matches, get them consistently, so that I’m used to playing three, four matches in a week,” Murray said.

He will next play British compatriot Cameron Norrie, who beat Chile’s Cristian Garin on Monday.

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