Published: Mon, March 19, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Osaka Comes Out on Top of Star-Making WTA Indian Wells Final

Osaka Comes Out on Top of Star-Making WTA Indian Wells Final

Daria Kasatkina continued her giant-killing spree at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells as she ousted former world No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-0 6-2 to reach the semi-finals on Thursday.

Her backhand ticked the baseline on match point, and she paused, unsure whether it was good or not.

Coming into the semi-final against Venus Williams, they were the only players not to have dropped a set, although it was Williams who struck first, leaving it to the battling Russian to come from behind in a gruelling match to book a spot in the final. I was just, like, Aaaaah, okay, that was pretty nice.

"I don't really know what's going on right now", said the player who represents Japan, of Haitian-Japanese ancestry, who was raised in Florida.

"I feel like there is a new generation", Osaka said, "and we're trying to push through".

Osaka received widespread support from her tons of fans.

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"In one moment you just catch yourself, like, you're in night session, all crowd, you're playing against a legend, and you are in the third set", Kasatkina said. Even I meet my coach and my brother after the match, I was not able to say anything. "I was really stressed out the entire time but I am really happy I could end it fast". Apart from being broken in the very first game of the match, the Japanese youngster dominated, giving nothing but consistency and hard hitting, which was far too much for her opponent to handle.

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The 44th-ranked Osaka said reaching the final is both a lonely-and tasty-experience.

"I don't care what's happening on court, I just try to execute my game", Williams said.

After shaking hands, Kasatkina pumped her fists and shook her head slightly as if in disbelief at beating the 37-year-old American and advancing to the biggest final of her young career. "She was better. I just was not ready and played wrong".

Osaka's only previous WTA final came at the 2016 Toray Pan Pacific in Tokyo, when she lost to Caroline Wozniacki.

Before last year's US Open, Kasatkina had never made it past the third round at a Grand Slam.

"This was my first breakout tournament when I was 16 so to come back and get closer to hopefully a title, it's like a dream come true", said Venus, who was taught the game by her father on the courts of Compton, California.

Federer, 36, had secured his best start ever to a season in Saturday's semi-finals with a 17th consecutive victory, but he could not quite get across the line to claim an 18th last night, losing 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-2) to Del Potro, the world No 8 from Argentina, in two hours and 42 minutes.

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