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Venus sets up semi-final clash with Kasatkina

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

Kasatkina's continued her stunning run at Indian Wells, as the 20-year-old survived a scare against eighth-seed Venus to eventually clinch 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win in a clash that lasted under three hours.

"It wasn't easy", Osaka said in a courtside interview.

This final was unexpectedly one-sided as Kasatkina failed to display her best tennis, but Osaka put up a ideal display of aggressive tennis and controlled aggression, being consistent and solid at the same time.

The final is an appetizing feast of varied styles pitting Kasatkina's varied spins and speeds and court sense against Osaka's prodigious power and shot-making.

But gradually, Osaka upped her level and the depth and the power of her ball striking, and Kasatkina, perhaps still carrying the efforts of that three-setter against Williams-plus an intense season running into Indian Wells-was slightly off the pace. I played okay until 4-3 but then I just went out. But I feel like we ended up in the same place, and we're both going to try really hard.

The world No. 44 had taken away the 1.3 million US dollars winner's check, almost doubling her career earnings. Osaka gained the only other break of the first set with a backhand victor on the sideline to go up 5-3.

"I really wanted to win this, but also I just tried to think it was a first-round match and just not psych myself out too much", Osaka revealed of her approach to the final.

"I'm really happy I got to the finals, but for me it's not over until I win or, like, the day is over".

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"I mean, if there will be some thoughts or something, I would lose for sure", Kasatkina said in regard to what she was thinking just two points away from defeat.

"I'm ready, one match to go", she told the crowd in her on-court interview.

"I'm actually playing good tennis, even before the tournament started", she said.

With top seed and World No 1 Simona Halep up against Naomi Osaka, and in-form World No 8 Venus Williams taking on Daria Kasatkina, you would have been forgiven for predicting a Venus vs Halep final.

Ultimately the young Russian proved to be too strong for Williams, who appeared to hit a wall at about the two and a half hour mark.

Sunday will be the first meeting between Kasatkina and Osaka, with the former gunning for a second career title from four finals reached and the latter seeking a maiden WTA trophy.

The Japanese player's best result to date was to make the final of a WTA tour event in Tokyo in September 2016.

As for Kasatkina, she had picked up her first title while still a teenager, in Charleston a year ago while still ranked 42, and had since gone on to beat the best out there.

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