Naomi Osaka dismantles Simona Halep in 63 minutes — WTA Indian Wells

Ruben Hill
March 17, 2018

The future is now at the BNP Paribas Open.

Japanese star Naomi Osaka trounced world number one Romania's Simona Halep 6-3 6-0 in just 64 minutes to set up a final match at Indian Wells with Russian rising star, Daria Kasatkina. She endured Venus's fighting spirit in 2 hours 48 minutes.

"So I'm not going to destroy this tournament just for this match".

It was, for both up-and-comers. Osaka won 60 total points in the match to Halep's 43.

"Both of them deserve to be in the final", Halep said.

For both of us it was hard."Halep moves on to the semi-finals where she will face Japan's Naomi Osaka who beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-2 6-3". She owns wins over all four current Grand Slam titleholders in the past year.

Needing to move to the semifinals to have a chance of staying in the Top 5, Pliskova will face Pliskova's victory sets up a quarterfinal encounter for the World No.5 against Naomi Osaka who defeated 6-1 5-7 6-1 Maria Sakkari. Halep is 26 years old.

Halep won the final five games of the third set after being broken once and falling behind 3-1 early.

Pliskova was trying to reach the semi-finals in this event for the third consecutive year.

Williams had 45 winners - 15 more than Kasatkina - and 63 unforced errors.

"I missed the ball a lot and I didn't play what I had to play", she said. "You don't get used to losses, ever".

Williams breathed heavily during changeovers and was the last to leave her chair, while Kasatkina got up just as the umpire called time and jogged to the baseline. The Romanian was clearly not at her best but the second set performance was just embarrassing for the world number 1, giving up literally before the set has even started and that certainly wasn't the best example she could give to her young opponent. And she was, you know, ready to play and ready to win the match. She asked Darren Cahill's advice and her coach suggested her to work longer points and reduce the error count.

There were 14 service breaks in the match.

In a later match, Williams defeated Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 in two tough sets to progress.

Osaka broke for the fourth time in a row in game five, opening a 5-0 lead and serving for one of her biggest wins in a career so far. Hitting her spots, forehands, even the backhands.

"I just fought till the end, and I think that's why I could win".

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