The Indian Wells WTA final-it started with a tweener

The Indian Wells WTA final-it started with a tweener”

Women's tennis has a new star in 20-year-old Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka, who just landed her first top-level title at Indian Wells, California.

However, it wasn't meant to be as Osaka comfortably served out the match after an hour and 10-minutes, losing just three points on serve throughout the second set, concluded with a nice and warm hug at the net while the Japanese, with her humorous character, gave what she called the "worst" acceptance speech during the trophy ceremony which left the crowd in laughter. 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 was surprisingly putting in a lackluster performance and she was slow in her movement, with Osaka exploiting that aspect with her powerful play. She's hitting her forehand, backhand.

"I can not believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and level of tennis", said Del Potro, who almost quit the sport after four wrist surgeries in recent years.

"I felt like it would be better for her to take my pace".

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Del Potro lost just six points on his serve in the first set.

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.

Due to the renewed tactics and growing confidence, Osaka has a much better look to her chances of fulfilling her potential.

The opening set was even until Osaka blasted two aces to take a 4-3 lead. The new No. 22 in the world is also the youngest to win Indian Wells since 2008, when Ana Ivanovic took the title. During the match, she was able to manage her nerves and stuff, and I was still a little bit tight. Bajin specialises in staying positive and fighting for every point, which is Osaka's primary motive to making her game effective.

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

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

"Hi, I'm Naomi, '" she started Sunday's, quickly adding "OK, never mind".

Osaka thanked her Haiti-born father and Japan-born mother, who weren't on hand.

Florida happens to be Osaka's home, so she will enjoy even greater support than the wave of goodwill she received in Indian Wells.

Del Potro recovered to deuce with a forehand victor.

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