Japan's Naomi Osaka claims Indian Wells title

Japan's Naomi Osaka claims Indian Wells title

The crowd of 18,347 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Sunday seemed to sense Osaka's nervousness, something she worked hard to hide during a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation in the BNP Paribas Open final. Osaka wouldn't produce a tweener during her career-best week, but she did take out Kasatkina in the final-and not drop a set all tournament long.

In the evening session, world No. 44 Osaka broke Pliskova's serve six times in her 78-minute upset on the main stadium court.

Reflecting on her victory over Kasatkina, who stunned Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams during the event, Osaka said: "I was extremely stressed and extremely nervous, but my plan was to fake that I'm very calm". Kasatkina will rise eight spots to No. 11. "I think we were both nervous at the beginning, because [this was our] biggest finals so far".

Kasatkina broke in the opening game of the match after successive forehand errors from Osaka, but a fine forehand victor in the next game put the match back on serve. Nonetheless, despite the one-sided scoreline, Kasatkina continued to give it her all and clinical backhands saw her holding her serve to stay in the match. Osaka won the championship matchup in two sets: 6-3, 6-2.

"I mean, I already forgot what he told me".

Osaka blasted five aces, made three double faults and won 79 percent of her first-serve points.

The winners have been crowned at this year's BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells.

The young Russian dropped her racket near the baseline after her 4-6 6-4 7-5 victory
The young Russian dropped her racket near the baseline after her 4-6 6-4 7-5 victory

'But I just tried everything. On the very next point Martic hit a forehand wide as Halep took the game and a 5-3 set lead. "Yeah. But, during the match she was able to manage her nerves and stuff, and I was still a little bit tight during the match".

Osaka has also now proved that she has the temperament and calmness under pressure to deliver on the biggest stages, against the biggest opponents.

She moved to the U.S.as a 3-year-old and holds dual citizenship.

Halep may be the top ranked player in the world but she is quick to point out the brilliance of Serena, who took an extended period of time off from the Tour to have a baby.

"I wasn't really trying to hit hard today", said Osaka, who was born in Osaka, Japan, but is a dual citizen after living in America since the age of three. She lives and trains in South Florida. It seems unlikely: the only sign of her nerves and lack of experience surfaced as she lifted the heavy BNP Paribas Open trophy.

Del Potro became the first Argentine champion in the 42-year history of the desert tournament. She owns wins over all four current Grand Slam titleholders in the previous year.

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