Kasatkina outlasts Venus to advance to Indian Wells final

by Leon Thompson March 19, 2018, 4:06
Kasatkina outlasts Venus to advance to Indian Wells final

A disrupted service game doomed Halep, with the Romanian winning "a paltry 28 percent of her second-serve points", per Ed McGrogan of Tennis.com, who also noted "Osaka converted five of seven break-point chances".

Asked if she was exhausted, Williams said, "She just played better at the end". As it goes on, there is less players and stuff. But in the end she didn't have the legs to stay with the rising Russian star, who won the final three games. He closed out the win on his third match point when Federer's forehand failed. After splitting the opening sets, a break late in the decider settled it in Kasatkina's favour 4-6 6-4 7-5.

Osaka's opponent in the final is fellow 20-year-old Kasatkina, the 20th seed from Russian Federation, who earlier defeated American eighth seed Williams 4-6 6-4 7-5.

Daria Kasatkina upset Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a almost three-hour baseline struggle and Naomi Osaka routed top-ranked Simona Halep 6-3, 6-0 in 64 minutes on Friday night to set up a final between two 20-year-olds.

At 37, Williams is the oldest player in the draw.

She is also the third unseeded champion at the tournament, following in the footsteps of Serena Williams (1999) and Kim Clijsters (2005).

After several unforced errors to open the first set, the youngster, who resides in the United States, took control of the tie. Maybe I'll even cry a little bit just to soak it in. "Anyone who gets used to losses should give up on life".

Kasatkina needed just 58 minutes to dispatch former No. 1 Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

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The win ranks up there with Del Potro's 2009 U.S. Open title, in which he beat Federer, and helping Argentina win the Davis Cup in 2016.

Kasatkina has defeated four top-20 opponents at the same tournament for the first time in her career.

However, it was a flawless display from the conqueror of world number one Simona Halep, who served a clean ace to save the break point and eventually take the tight and nervy game. She was then broken in the following game, and completely lost the plot at the baseline.

The world No. 44 had taken away the 1.3 million USA dollars winner's check, almost doubling her career earnings. "I missed the ball a lot and I didn't play what I had to play", Halep said.

Osaka will move up to number 22 in the world with the result.

Osaka closed out the biggest win of her career with a backhand victor that ticked the baseline.

After digging out from that love-30 hole, Kasatkina looked over at her player's box and pointed to her heart, a motion to let her coach know that she was going to leave everything on the court.

"[After a] match like this, you're just speechless", she said.

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