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Naomi Osaka beats Daria Kasatkina to lift Indian Wells trophy

Naomi Osaka beats Daria Kasatkina to lift Indian Wells trophy
Naomi Osaka in action against Daria Kasatkina in the final (Getty)

Naomi Osaka confirmed her status as one of the rising stars of women’s tennis by beating Daria Kasatkina in the final of Indian Wells.

The Japanese youngster, who defeated Maria Sharapova in the first round and beat world number one Simona Halep in the semi-finals, followed up those impressive wins with a convincing 6-3 6-2 victory over her Russian opponent in the final.

It was an unexpected showpiece with 20-year-old Kasatkina having beaten Venus Williams in her semi-final.

epa06613010 Daria Kasatkina from Russia in action against Naomi Osaka from Japan at their final match the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, USA, 18 March 2018. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO
Daria Kasatkina from Russia in action during the final (Getty)

Osaka, ranked 44 in the world, dominated the match to lift her first ever WTA title and at 20-years-old become the youngest champion at Indian Wells since Ana Ivanovic in 2008.

Osaka will move up to number 22 in the world with the result.

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