Naomi Osaka of Japan hits a return during her women's singles quarter-final match against Zhang Shuai of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 5, 2018. / AFP / NICOLAS ASFOURI
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U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka said that she apologized to beaten opponent Zhang Shuai for her emotional behavior in their roller-coaster China Open quarterfinal Friday.The 20-year-old Japanese fought back tears and rescued a match that seemed to be slipping away from her to defeat the unseeded home hope 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 to reach the Beijing semifinals.Osaka, who looked glum even in victory and had flung her racquet around during the match, embraced Zhang at the end. Osaka is to face Latvia's unseeded Anastasija Sevastova in Saturday's semifinals on Beijing's outdoor hard courts.The 29-year-old Zhang, who has won two career WTA singles titles, saved six break points to take the lead in the second set.
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