Osaka beats Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 to win Indian Wells title

Posted March 21, 2018

Osaka routed Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation 6-3, 6-2 to win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday in a matchup of 20-year-old rising stars that marked the first title of her career. Coming in as the world No. 44 in women's singles tennis, she will jump in the rankings all the way up to the No. 22 position this week.

Osaka needed just 70 minutes to dispatch No. 19 Kasatkina, who had an equally impressive showing in the desert.

Among those the Russian beat was U.S. Open Sloane Stephens, No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 10 Angelique Kerber and No. 8 Venus Williams.

The rising star from Japan won nine of her last 11 games against a fellow 20-year-old in Kasatkina, overpowering her in the return game and holding a 5-2 edge in aces to win in almost 71 minutes.

Unseeded Japanese Roger Federer has earned a spot in the semi-finals of the Paribas Open here after beating Hyeon Chung in straight setsOsaka overcame World No. 1 Halep 6-3, 6-0.

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, so she's really tough".

World Rugby to look into Spain's World Cup qualifying loss
Spain lost 18-10 in a match they needed to win to confirm their place at the 2019 Rugby World Cup . The two assistant referees were also Romanian.

"I mean, I already forgot what he told me".

He didn't see much of what got Kasatkina to the final, however. We were playing some long points, and I wasn't really trying to hit hard today, because I felt like it would be better for her to take my pace.

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

Due to the renewed tactics and growing confidence, Osaka has a much better look to her chances of fulfilling her potential. "I was just more consistent".

The two 20-year-old's began their Indian Wells breakthrough with a fun lesson.

"I feel like I have made it my goal to be more focused every match this year, so I think it's paid off", she said. But, if Osaka is able to get on top of the Kasatkina slice early on it could well be decisive.

United Kingdom launches probe into Russian exile's death
On Friday, police in London said it was murder, something that seems to happen a lot to Russians in the United Kingdom . When he died, he was preparing to defend a fraud claim put against him by Russian airline Aeroflot.

Twenty-year-old Daria Kasatkina was tight.

Halep may be the top ranked player in the world but she is quick to point out the brilliance of Serena, who took an extended period of time off from the Tour to have a baby.

But she will need to practice on her acceptance speeches.

Osaka has impressed a lot this week with her mental fortitude throughout the tournament, but admitted that she had to keep a calm façade.

"I don't think so", she said with a grin.

Osaka has also now proved that she has the temperament and calmness under pressure to deliver on the biggest stages, against the biggest opponents.

Samsung updates Galaxy S9's AR emoji with Disney characters
Under the Infinity 499, you will get 80GB of data, unlimited calling, and a one year Amazon Prime membership worth Rs 999. It's Galaxy S9 launch day around the world, with many buyers set to receive their pre-ordered Galaxy S9 flavor on Friday.