'Worst acceptance speech of all time' at Indian Wells

Indian Wells: Venus Williams breezes past Carla Suarez Navarro to set up semi-final against Daria Kasatkina

Osaka dropped just one set in seven matches, knocking off two-time victor Maria Sharapova, No. 5 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked Simona Halep against whom she won the last nine games of the match.

Osaka left a trail of some of the world's best players behind her, following a first-round win over Maria Sharapova with victories over the likes of Agnieszka Radwanaska and Simona Halep.

Among those Kasatkina beat were U.S. Open victor Sloane Stephens, No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 10 Angelique Kerber and No. 8 Venus Williams.

Look for both Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina to jump leaps and bounds in the WTA Tour rankings in the coming weeks.

She was broken in the opening game of the match but from 3-all Osaka dominated while Kasatkina failed to play with confidence.

Osaka's gamestyle is based on her big serve and groundstrokes, which can be spectacular to watch, but also wild at the same time. Osaka closed out the biggest win of her career with a backhand victor that ticked the baseline.

'I just fought and that's maybe why I won because I refuse to lose, Halep said.

Osaka had a nervy start, hitting unforced errors on her first three points on serve to face triple break point.

Naomi Osaka said her Indian Wells Masters triumph was still sinking in after the Japanese sensation claimed her maiden WTA Tour title.

"Basically she was much better today than me, so she really deserved to win", the Russian said.

Kasatkina was two points from defeat, trailing 4-5 and 0-30 in the third set when Williams committed four straight errors as the Russian tied it 5-5. Osaka is also the tournament's youngest champion since Ana Ivanovic in 2008.

"In the beginning of the year, I just wanted to play every match really well", she said.

A cleverly-angled crosscourt forehand from Osaka saw her gain two break points in the next game and the Japanese broke on her second opportunity to draw level.

I feel like I wasn't that aggressive today. It seems unlikely: the only sign of her nerves and lack of experience surfaced as she lifted the heavy BNP Paribas Open trophy.

The 20-year-old then embarked on what she expected to be quite a poor victory speech.

She told reporters: "I was extremely stressed and extremely nervous".

Afterward, she admitted, "That was pretty embarrassing".

Del Potro became the first Argentine victor in the 42-year history of the desert tournament. The title win is huge for Osaka. It was his first win against Federer since last year's U.S. Open quarters.

Juan Martin del Potro keeps surprising himself.

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