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Naomi Osaka is the 2018 BNP Paribas Open champion in women's singles

Naomi Osaka is the 2018 BNP Paribas Open champion in women's singles

Naomi Osaka eased to a straight-sets victory over Daria Kasatkina to claim her maiden title at the Indian Wells Masters on Sunday. Kasatkina, who won her only career title in Charleston previous year and reached the final in Dubai last month, had the edge in big-match experience.

Osaka needed just 70 minutes to dispatch No. 19 Kasatkina, who had an equally impressive showing in the desert. And for Kasatkina, she was riding high off of wins over Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber, and Venus Williams.

The rising star from Japan won nine of her last 11 games against a fellow 20-year-old in Kasatkina, overpowering her in the return game and holding a 5-2 edge in aces to win in almost 71 minutes.

She earned $1,340,860 for the victory, almost double her career winnings of $1,483,053.

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. She's hitting her forehand, backhand.

The two breakout stars of the BNP Paribas Open see their reward on both the WTA rankings and the Porsche Race to Singapore this week, as both Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina vault into the Top 8 in this week's Race.

"In one moment you just catch yourself, like, you're in night session, all crowd, you're playing against a legend, and you are in the third set", Kasatkina said.

They couldn't have known at the time, but Daria Kasatkina and Naomi Osaka, the Indian Wells finalists, started their breakthroughs by helping each other out.

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"Basically she was much better today than me, so she really deserved to win", Kasatkina said. My coach Philippe, my brother Alex, my fitness coach isn't here but still I love him so much. She is the first unseeded victor since Kim Clijsters in 2005 and the second-youngest since Ana Ivanovic in 2008.

"But during the match, she was able to manage her nerves and stuff, and I was still a little bit tight during the match". Bajin specialises in staying positive and fighting for every point, which is Osaka's primary motive to making her game effective.

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

But she will need to practice on her acceptance speeches.

Power and aggression do play key roles in Osaka's armoury but it is controlled power and measured aggression.

Osaka has impressed a lot this week with her mental fortitude throughout the tournament, but admitted that she had to keep a calm fa├žade.

Del Potro became the first Argentine victor in the 42-year history of the desert tournament. She also has a better record having gone 167-75 in singles so far compared with Osaka's 149-104. Del Potro trails in their series 18-7.

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