Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina through to Indian Wells final after upsets

Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina through to Indian Wells final after upsets

Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina will go head to head for the BNP Paribas Open title after stunning Simona Halep and Venus Williams respectively in the semi-finals at Indian Wells yesterday.

Unseeded Japanese Osaka overcame world number one Halep 6-3 6-0, winning nine straight games from 3-3 in the first set to dump the top seed out of the competition.

Having stormed to the brink of victory, Osaka was made to work hard in a final game which included six deuces before she got over the line on her third match-point.

Osaka's opponent in the final is fellow 20-year-old Kasatkina, the 20th seed from Russia, who earlier defeated American eighth seed Williams 4-6 6-4 7-5.

Kasatkina has beaten four major champions, and current top-20 players, at Indian Wells this month - Sloane Stephens, Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber and Williams.

Speaking on court after the match, she said: "It's crazy actually this night. We played almost three hours - incredible match."

She added at her post-match press conference, quoted by wtatennis.com: "Match like this, you're just speechless.

"Even (when) I meet my coach and my brother after the match, I was not able to say anything. I was just, like, 'Aaaaah, okay, that was pretty nice'. Too many emotions and you cannot explain everything."

More in this Section

Federico Fernandez completes Newcastle turnaround against SouthamptonFederico Fernandez completes Newcastle turnaround against Southampton

Struggling Norwich throw away lead as Sheffield United fight backStruggling Norwich throw away lead as Sheffield United fight back

Jamie Vardy nets for eighth consecutive game as Leicester hammer Aston VillaJamie Vardy nets for eighth consecutive game as Leicester hammer Aston Villa

Dominant Na Gaeil hold opponents scoreless until injury time in Munster finalDominant Na Gaeil hold opponents scoreless until injury time in Munster final


Lifestyle

A decade on from their split, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta are back together for a tour of the UK and Ireland in April next year.The Pussycat Dolls: Using the second of their nine lives

Ellie O’Byrne paid a visit to the Kabin in Knocknaheeny to see the supportive atmosphere that gave rise to the duo behind the ‘Yeah Boy’ hit.You’d need to have had your head buried in the sand not to have come across MC Tiny and MC The King

Aoife Buckley, one of the recipients of this year's Gaisce Gold award: It's ok to be different.School Daze with Aoife Buckley: I started working towards the Gaisce Awards in third year

Festive seasons come and go, but some moments can never be forgotten, discovers Donal O’Keeffe.Stories of Christmas past and present

More From The Irish Examiner