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Simona Halep was unprofessional, claims Chris Evert

Simona Halep was unprofessional, claims Chris Evert

No stranger to battling for almost three hours on court, Kasatkina apologised ahead of her press conference that she might not be able to string sentences together after such a huge win over Williams. He closed out the win on his third match point when Federer's forehand failed.

Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina defeated No. 31 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Milos Raonic beat 18th-seeded American Sam Querrey 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 to reach the men's semifinals.

Kasatkina, who was a beaten finalist in Dubai last month, was at it again, prevailing after nearly three hours against No.8 seed Williams, who was two points away from victory at 5-4 in the final set.

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 on Friday.

At 37, Williams is the oldest player in the draw.

When asked in the postmatch press conference how she has summoned the mental strength to play with such maturity and confidence over the past six months, the most successful run of her young career, Kasatkina, 17 years Williams' junior, credited her Russian upbringing.

After several unforced errors to open the first set, the youngster, who resides in the United States, took control of the tie.

'But I just tried everything. "You kind of hope for this kind of scoreline, but you never know if you're actually going to get it".

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Osaka needed just 70 minutes to dispatch No. 19 Kasatkina, who had an equally impressive showing in the desert.

The win ranks up there with Del Potro's 2009 U.S. Open title, in which he beat Federer, and helping Argentina win the Davis Cup in 2016.

At the age of 29, Del Potro has finally ended his long wait for a first ATP Masters 1000 title.

She gave Kerber no chance.

Osaka started on a strong note, opening the match with an ace after Halep won the coin toss and elected to test the world No. 44's serve. She committed five double-faults and was successful with just 60 percent of her first serves, compared to 73 percent for Kasatkina. "I missed the ball a lot and I didn't play what I had to play", said Halep. "Yeah. I must, like, give her respect, because she's playing fantastic, really", said Kasatkina of the seven-time Grand Slam champion. With this historic victory, Osaka became the first person from her country to triumph in Indian Wells and her reward is a new career-high ranking of 22. I was definitely not feeling the best. It was his first win against Federer since last year's U.S. Open quarters.

I just sometimes don't see that fight - that fight that we saw with Venus (Williams) and (Daria) Kasatkina and every other great player.' Osaka said: 'I didn't want to look too much on the other side of the court, because I felt then I would lose my focus. "In the evening, something special is coming from here, from the heart". Williams won 10-8 in the third set.

Unseeded Japanese Roger Federer has earned a spot in the semi-finals of the Paribas Open here after beating Hyeon Chung in straight setsOsaka overcame World No. 1 Halep 6-3, 6-0.


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