has hailed her first Pan Pacific Open title win in her hometown as “special” after defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets.

Osaka, 21, who had finished runner-up on two previous occasions at the tournament, beat the Russian 6-2 6-3.

The Osaka-born world number four said: “This is the city where I was born and that gave me a lot of power to play match after match.

“I love playing here and see you all next year.”

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