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. Osaka wouldn't produce a tweener during her career-best week, but she did take out Kasatkina in the final-and not drop a set all tournament long.
The victory will enable Osaka to rise to a career-best 22nd when the new world rankings are announced Monday. She also had beaten four former Grand Slam champions on her way to the final: Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams.
"I think we were both nervous at the beginning, because the biggest finals so far, " Kasatkina said.
Coaching time-outs for the pair are telling as always with Sascha Bajin geeing up Osaka's concerns that her lead was more down to Kasatkina's errors, by telling her to shake up her serving, and to only worry about what she has to do. Osaka closed out the biggest win of her career with a backhand victor that ticked the baseline.
Osaka thrashed world number one Simona Halep to set up an unlikely showdown with Kasatkina and the unseeded Japanese sensation ended a dream week with a 6-3 6-2 victory.
He didn't see much of what got Kasatkina to the final, however.
"So, yeah, I'm just trying to, like, "Woohoo" (pointing to trophy)".
Like Osaka, Kasatkina was playing in her first Indian Wells final.
Her inability to play her usual crafty game saw Kasatkina growing increasingly frustrated with herself after every error made, and a double-break advantage for Osaka soon ensued. She is the first unseeded victor since Kim Clijsters in 2005 and the second-youngest since Ana Ivanovic in 2008. "Yeah. But, during the match she was able to manage her nerves and stuff, and I was still a little bit tight during the match".Читайте также: Jeremy Corbyn defies critics and calls for calm over Russian Federation
It helps, too, that Osaka possesses a powerful and consistent serve that can help her dominate service games and get her out of trouble.
Osaka thanked her Haiti-born father and Japan-born mother, who weren't on hand, as well as the "super awesome" ball kids.
But she will need to practice on her acceptance speeches.
Afterward, she admitted, "That was pretty embarrassing".
"Um, hello ... I'm Naom ... oh never mind".
Del Potro became the first Argentine victor in the 42-year history of the desert tournament.
Power and aggression do play key roles in Osaka's armoury but it is controlled power and measured aggression.
Juan Martin del Potro keeps surprising himself.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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