The last players standing in the women's draw are two promising youngsters born in 1997, Daria Kasatkina and Naomi Osaka. The Japanese ranked 44th scored an amazing 6-3 6-0 win over the world number 1 Simona Halep for her second WTA final, ousting the Romanian in the match that lasted just 63 minutes! The sheer power of Naomi's shots proved to be too hard to handle for Halep who got broken five times from seven opportunities she gave to Osaka, losing 56% of the points in her games. Simona had her chances on the return as well but Naomi fends off six out of seven break points to control the scoreboard and conquer the last nine games of the match to book her place in the final in the most dominant style.
The victory is even bigger when we know that Osaka never beat Halep before in three matches and she won just five games two months ago at the Australian Open. The Romanian was clearly not at her best but the second set performance was just embarrassing for the world number 1, giving up literally before the set has even started and that certainly wasn't the best example she could give to her young opponent. Osaka broke in the second game of the match after a double fault from Halep but she could stay in front only for a few minutes, dropping her serve at love in game three after a forehand error. The Japanese had to save a break point in game seven to stay on the positive side of the scoreboard and Halep was in a good position to level the score at 4-4 with two game points in game eight.
Instead of that, Osaka broke her on second break point after a poor forehand from Simona and the Japanese closed the opener on own serve in the following game after 33 minutes. Halep faded from the court after that, dropping her serve at the start of the second set after a double fault and again in game three, unable to control a deep return from Naomi. Osaka broke for the fourth time in a row in game five, opening a 5-0 lead and serving for one of her biggest wins in a career so far. Despite a great performance so far she found it hard to close the match, offering four break points to Halep but saving them all and closing the encounter on her third match point for the place in the final.