Nao Hibino downs Mihaela Buzarnescu 4-6 6-0 6-3 in the semifinal in Hiroshima on Saturday. Hibino will face Misaki Doi in the final.

Score, report, and key facts

1st set.

The Romanian won the set after she broke Hibino in the 8th (5-3) and in the 10th (6-4) game. Hibino tried to stage a comeback breaking in the 9th (5-4) game. Nevertheless, Buzarnescu managed to stay calm and finish the job before winning the set 6-4.

Buzarnescu failed to serve out the set when leading 5-3 to be broken at 15.

2nd set.

There was not much story in this set after Hibino conceded no games to the Romanian before winning the set 6-0.

3rd set.

Nao won the set after she broke Mihaela in the 3rd (2-1) and in the 9th (6-3) game. That break resulted decisive for the Japanese to conquer the set as she didn’t concede her serve in the rest of the set.

The Japanese was unable to break the Romanian in the 1st game when she had 3 consecutive chances (0-40).

1st
Hibino
Buzarnescu
4-6
4
6
4
5
3
5
3
4
3
3
2
3
2
2
1
2
1
1
0
1
2nd
Hibino
Buzarnescu
6-0
6
0
5
0
4
0
3
0
2
0
1
0
3rd
Hibino
Buzarnescu
6-3
6
3
5
3
4
3
4
2
3
2
3
1
2
1
1
1
0
1

Statistics

At the end of the match, Nao scored 97 points vs. Buzarnescu’s 79 points.

Nao won this match even if she wasn’t that great in converting her break points as she converted only 43% (6/14). On the other side, the Romanian was battling in converting her break points since she converted only 17% of her break points (2/12). That was one of the key issues for her loss.

After this encounter, the head to head between Hibino and Buzarnescu is 1-0 for Nao.

Next Match: Nao Hibino vs. Misaki Doi – stats

Hibino will come up against Doi in the final.

This will be the 4th time that Nao Hibino and Misaki Doi fight against each other. The head to head is 2-1 for Doi (see full H2H stats),but they are 1-1 on hard.

The last time that they played each other, Hibino won 6-4 6-3 in the qualifications in New York back in 2018.

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