19 March, 2018
Kasatkina's continued her stunning run at Indian Wells, as the 20-year-old survived a scare against eighth-seed Venus to eventually clinch 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win in a clash that lasted under three hours.
Osaka is now ranked 44th in the world, but her forthcoming appearance in the Indian Wells final (opposite fellow 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina) will give her ranking the boost it needs to ensure that she'll be seeded at this year's Slams.
"I felt like it would be better for her to take my pace". 'She was playing very well.
She earned $1,340,860 for the victory, almost double her career winnings of $1,483,053. I played okay until 4-3 but then I just went out.
"I would like to play that tiebreaker again because I don't know what the hell happened", Federer said. Unforced errors piled up quickly when things got tight, and negativity got the better of her in a lot of situations.
Williams hit a wayward forehand on the first point and then dumped a forehand into the net on the next point, which caused her to slam her racket in frustration.
Naomi Osaka reacts after defeating Simona Halep in the semi-final.
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She was broken to open the second set and again in the fifth game, giving Osaka a 4-1 lead on her forehand victor down the line. She did it for the second time at Indian Wells, winning their third round match 6-4, 6-3.
"We are same age, first of all", Kasatkina said.
The match started as a cagey affair until it reached 3-3 in the opening set before Halep's game unraveled as she coughed up a litany of errors, paving the way for Osaka to reel off the next nine games without much resistance.
She added at her post-match press conference, quoted by the official WTA website: "Match like this, you're just speechless".
And, after almost three hours on court, that's precisely what she did, earning a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory to advance to her first WTA Premier Mandatory final.
The second result of the day was an even bigger shock, as the top ranked player in the world lost to World No 44 Naomi Osaka, another young 20-year-old finding herself in uncharted waters.
Asked how it feels to be in the final at a tournament like Indian Wells, Osaka's response is not what one would expect. Osaka is yet to win a WTA singles title. A victory in Sunday's final would move her into the top 10.
Friday's semi-final will pit the 37-year-old American against 20-year-old Kastakina, who needed less than an hour to defeat former world No. 1 Kerber earlier on Thursday.