Wham-bam as Osaka roars into Tokyo quarters

Wham-bam as Osaka roars into Tokyo quarters

7 in the world rankings controlled every aspect of their second-round match, wrapping up the 6-2, 6-1 win in just under 60 minutes.

The 20-year-old beat Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam earlier this month - a victory overshadowed by Williams' outbursts at the umpire.

The third seed, who received a first-round bye, made a fast start, hitting an impressive forehand victor at the net to break the 30th-ranked Cibulkova's serve in the opening game.

Naomi Osaka's homecoming couldn't have gone much better.

"For me I never know the limit of what level I can go to", said Osaka, who received an opening-round bye as the third seed. But Osaka gained the advantage with a fortunate bounce off the tape before going up another break with a cracking backhand victor.

Despite looking untroubled throughout the match, Osaka said her first career meeting with Cibulkova had been challenging.

"It was really hard".

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The local favorite raced out to a 4-0 lead before Cibulkova finally held serve to win her first game.

"The first set was in my hands but I made some stupid mistakes", said Pliskova, who ended Gavrilova's resistance with a clever drop volley after two hours and 21 minutes.

"As a whole I can say I played maybe, like, 80 percent".

"I'm just grateful I could play in front of you guys and want to thank everyone for their support". She was serving well. "I felt I was in control of some rallies, but it was too hectic", Cibulkova said.

Second seed Caroline Garcia flirted with an early exit as the Frenchwoman overcame Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the last eight of the prestigious Tokyo event, whose list of former champions includes Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Kimiko Date and Martina Hingis.

French second seed Caroline Garcia was made to work hard to get past Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 2-6 7-5 and will face the victor of Thursday's match between Britain's Johanna Konta and Croatian Donna Vekic.

But she made hard work of it, trashing a racquet in frustration as she slipped behind 4-1 in the deciding set before clawing her way back.

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