Simona Halep, Venus Williams stunned by Naomi Osaka, Daria Kasatkina
- Author: Stacy Allen Mar 19, 2018,
Mar 19, 2018, 4:08
The future is now at the BNP Paribas Open. I love the way that they are motivated and they are still playing at this age and Serena with the kid, said world No 1 Halep.
Then she won the next two games and the biggest match of her career, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Kasatkina dropped her racket near the baseline and covered her face with her hands as she walked to the net.
"A bit exhausted", Kasatkina said during her on-court interview after the match. Just show that you care.
It was, for both up-and-comers.
She earned $1,340,860 for the victory, almost double her career winnings of $1,483,053.
"I was extremely stressed and extremely nervous, " Osaka said.
Kasatkina will now look ahead to the final and hope she still has some energy after going two hours and 48 minutes against Williams. But I feel like we ended up in the same place, and we're both going to try really hard.
'But I just tried everything.
"I just really tried to be consistent".
Osaka's win on Sunday capped a run that included victories over two-time victor Maria Sharapova, No. 5 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked Simona Halep during the two-week tournament. I really feel like I have another match I have to play tomorrow, and it didn't really sink in that I won.
In the past six days, she's won four straight matches over top-15 Grand Slam champions. A victory in Sunday's final would move her into the top 10.
Ultimately the young Russian proved to be too strong for Williams, who appeared to hit a wall at about the two and a half hour mark.
"Maybe one of the best nights in my life, for sure", she said.
After several unforced errors to open the first set, the youngster, who resides in the United States, took control of the tie. "You don't get used to losses, ever".
Osaka closed out the biggest win of her career with a backhand victor that ticked the baseline.
Federer and Chung last played in the Australian Open semifinals, when the South Korean was forced to retire trailing 6-1, 5-2 because of blisters on his left foot.
After losing the first set, Kasatkina was visited by her coach on court.
"She's 37, you're 20. Make her work a lot". The Russian tossed up lobs over the 6-foot-1 American - some worked, some didn't, but she remained unflappable.
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. It was his first win against Federer since last year's U.S. Open quarters.
Before this tournament started, Kasatkina spent time with Osaka on court trying to teach her how to hit a "tweener" shot. "She improving so much, so she's really unsafe player".