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Japanese top talent Naomi Osaka has first WTA victory bite after triumph in Indian Wells

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The 20-year-old Naomi Osaka (WTA-44) has Sunday, a first WTA tour tournament on her achievements and did so in style. In the final of Indian Wells (8.648.508 dollar), after the Grand Slams is one of the most important tournaments on the calendar, took the Japanese talent, in 1 hour and 10 minutes, with 6-3 and 6-2 the size of its Russian leeftijdsgenote Daria Kasatkina (WTA 19).

On the way to the final of the Californian hardcourttoernooi stuntte Osako by with Maria Sharapova (WTA-41), Agnieszka Radwanska (WTA 32), Karolina Pliskova (WTA-5) and Simona Halep (WTA-1), two former numbers of the world, a former number two (Radwanska) and the current aanvoerster of the world off. In addition, she lost only one set.

Osaka was, for the third time in a WTA final. In 2015, she was runner-up in the Thai Hua Hin (115.000 dollars) in 2016 in Tokyo (890.100 dollar). In the world ranking climbs them Monday to the 22nd spot.

“Hello, I’m new here,” said Osaka at the beginning of her victory speech on the track. The daughter of a Haitian-American father and Japanese mother had to clearly get used to all the compliments that come with winning such a big tournament. Osaka, born in the eponymous Japanese city, doubted visible or they the cup was lifting and was startled greatly when suddenly the confettikanon next to her went off.

Kasatkina, a pupil of the Belgian coach Philippe Dehaes, and also all of such a up-and-coming talent, remained in tears behind. The 20-year-old Russian had on the way to the final, among others, the grandslamwinnaressen Sloane Stephens (WTA 13), Caroline Wozniacki (WTA-2), Angelique Kerber (WTA 10) and Venus Williams (WTA-8) reports. She played her fourth WTA final. Earlier this year, she was already runner-up in Dubai last year, she was the losing finalist in Moscow and she won in Charleston.

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