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Osaka soars to No.6, Kasatkina crashes Top 8

Osaka soars to No.6, Kasatkina crashes Top 8”

Naomi Osaka routed Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-2 to win the BNP Paribas Open in a matchup of 20-year-old rising stars and earn the first title of her career. Then Japan's Naomi Osaka, who is 44th in the WTA rankings, annihilated world No 1 Simona Halep 6-3 6-0.

Kasatkina during the week had beaten reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens and former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams. She will be ranked No. 22 on Monday; Kasatkina will be No. 11.

Osaka's victory capped a run that included beating two-time victor Maria Sharapova, world No. 5 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked Simona Halep during the two-week tournament.

In their respective runs, both players have acquainted fans with a few signature shots, too, like Kasatkina's leaping backhand and Osaka's running forehand. She's hitting her forehand, backhand.

Naomi Osaka (JPN) as she defeated Daria Kasatkina (not pictured) in the women's finals in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

"The last thing I want to tell you, never give up, believe in your dreams, just keep going".

"I felt like it would be better for her to take my pace". She made five errors off that wing in the next seven points, and Osaka soon had the first set in hand.

Osaka will be back in action later this week at the Miami Open.

"I don't really know what's going on right now", she said, smiling. My coach Philippe, my brother Alex, my fitness coach isn't here but still I love him so much.

Osaka (20 years, 153 days) is the youngest Indian Wells champion since Ana Ivanovic (20 years, 138 days) lifted the trophy in 2008.

"In the beginning of the year, I just wanted to play every match really well", she said.

Kasatkina and Osaka will be sharing a private jet to Miami where they will be competing next, with the Russian joking that she hoped they would get there without fighting too much, while Osaka smiled as she wondered whether Kasatkina would talk to her on the flight.

But she will need to practice on her acceptance speeches.

The hard-hitting 20-year-old showed supreme confidence, wrapping up the match in 64 minutes and avenging her loss to Halep in the fourth round at January's Australian Open.

Afterward, she admitted, "That was pretty embarrassing".

Power and aggression do play key roles in Osaka's armoury but it is controlled power and measured aggression. With Osaka serving for the match, and the biggest win over her career. She lives and trains in South Florida.

Del Potro became the first Argentine champion in the 42-year history of the desert tournament. Federer's 17-match winning streak - the best start of his career - ended. She owns wins over all four current Grand Slam titleholders in the past year.



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