Tennis: Wozniacki downs wildcard Osaka to win Pan Pacific Open for second time

Caroline Wozniacki hits a return to Naomi Osaka during the women's singles final match at the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo on Sept 25, 2016.
Caroline Wozniacki hits a return to Naomi Osaka during the women's singles final match at the Pan Pacific Open women's tennis tournament in Tokyo on Sept 25, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Former women's tennis world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki brushed aside Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5 6-3 on Sunday, to win the Pan Pacific Open for the second time and secure her first title of the year.

The 26-year-old Dane looked in trouble after losing her serve for the second time in the opening set but was almost unstoppable after receiving treatment on her upper thigh, wrapping up her 24th career title in 106 minutes.

Wildcard Osaka, playing her first WTA Tour final, crumbled as Wozniacki raced away with the second set at the Ariake Coliseum and only mustered up any real resistance when she was 0-5 down.

Wozniacki slumped to No. 74 in the world this year after a series of injuries but her Tokyo title continues a revival that started with a semi-final appearance at the US Open earlier this month.