Naomi Osaka, Daria Kasatkina Set For HUGE Indian Wells Final

Indian Wells: Venus Williams breezes past Carla Suarez Navarro to set up semi-final against Daria Kasatkina

Indian Wells: Venus Williams breezes past Carla Suarez Navarro to set up semi-final against Daria Kasatkina

20-year-old Naomi Osaka shocked the tennis world this weekend by taking the title in Indian Wells, defeating fellow 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina 6-3 6-2 in just 70 minutes in the final.

The 20-year-old Kasatkina rallied to claim the biggest victory of her career, extending a year-long assault on top players, Grand Slam winners and former world number ones.

Osaka ousted Maria Sharapova, fifth seed Karolina Pliskova and then world number one Simona Halep in the semi-finals on her way to the championship.

"She's very powerful. She's playing, serving good, and doesn't have weaknesses".

Consecutive service holds followed, though it was Osaka who faced more troubles, especially with Kasatkina earning another break point in the seventh game.

Osaka forecasts fun for her first-ever clash vs. Kasatkina, who has won nine of her last 10 matches.

"I just knew that she was going to fight for every point, too, so I couldn't afford to lose points based on nerves, and I had to keep making the right decisions".

"She was better. She was more prepared and she was ready to play and ready to win the match".

That game proved to be extremely crucial as it was match-changing, especially when Kasatkina followed it up with six unforced errors on the forehand wing.

The Indian Wells final meeting between Osaka and Kasatkina will be the first time the two players have faced each other.

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The pressure quickly showed in Kasatkina's game in the second set, too, with an immediate break courtesy of a double fault.

This final was unexpectedly one-sided as Kasatkina failed to display her best tennis, but Osaka put up a flawless display of aggressive tennis and controlled aggression, being consistent and solid at the same time.

The turning point came in the third set as Williams was left breathing heavily on her chair after holding serve in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead.

That may be the only sliver of silver lining Halep can take away from this match-she won't have to worry about facing Osaka in the first two rounds at Roland Garros.

After losing the first set, Kasatkina was visited by her coach on court. She will try and change the rhythm with slices, lifts and lobs and she moves well around the court.

The 26-year-old Halep improved to 18-1 on the season and is looking to win her second WTA Tour title of 2018.

"I'm a bit exhausted", Kasatkina said during an on-court interview after the match.

Asked what the final between two 20-year-olds would mean, Kasatkina said: "That we are coming (smiling)".

As for Kasatkina, she had picked up her first title while still a teenager, in Charleston a year ago while still ranked 42, and had since gone on to beat the best out there.

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