Fast forward one year, and the last two women standing, who would contest one of the most prestigious titles in women's tennis, were both 20 years old, and part of the youngest final since 2001 when a 19-year-old Serena Williams would beat the 17-year-old Kim Clijsters.
Her inability to play her usual crafty game saw Kasatkina growing increasingly frustrated with herself after every error made, and a double-break advantage for Osaka soon ensued. She also has a better record having gone 167-75 in singles so far compared with Osaka's 149-104. Osaka beat the current No. 1 player on the WTA Tour, 26-year-old Simona Halep, by hitting harder and smarter and dispatching the sulking Romanian in two quick sets. She owns wins over all four current Grand Slam titleholders in the a year ago.
Osaka made short work of Halep, racing to a 6-3, 6-0 victory to set up today's (tomorrow morning, Singapore time) clash against Kasatkina, who continued her sparkling run of form after outlasting American veteran Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a slugfest lasting nearly three hours.
"I feel like there is a new generation", Osaka said, "and we're trying to push through".
"Both of them deserve to be in the final", Halep said. Little wonder, perhaps, given the size of the stage and the size of the occasion.
Osaka had a nervy start, hitting unforced errors on her first three points on serve to face triple break point.
She also alluded to her age, which gave her the willpower to take Williams the distance and breaking her serve seven times in total.
A cleverly-angled crosscourt forehand from Osaka saw her gain two break points in the next game and the Japanese broke on her second opportunity to draw level.
And insane happened Friday, March 16, when #16 seed University of Maryland-Baltimore County beat #1 seed Virginia 74 to 54. The free lunch combo includes 4 slices of DEEP!DEEP!TM Dish pepperoni pizza and a 20 ounce Pepsi product.
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Ireland's winning coach Joe Schmidt said: That eight minutes after half-time today totally summed up this team. Ireland kicked off having already secured their third Six Nations title in five years under coach Joe Schmidt.
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The Chinese legislature this month eliminated term limits, effectively positioning Xi, 64, to serve as president for life . Xi to the state presidency, the least powerful of his several titles, and as chairman of a state military commission.
Crystal Palace boosted their hopes of survival while West Bromwich Albion seem destined for the drop after losing to Bournemouth . After the first half ended in a draw, Jay Rodriguez opened the scoring for the guests four minutes after the break.
Duterte has acknowledged his rough ways and tough approach to crime, but suggested many Filipinos have come to accept him. He argued Wednesday that the killings do not amount to crimes against humanity, genocide or similar atrocities. "Shit.
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has boycotted the presidential election and advised Russians to do the same. Voting fraud was widespread in Russia's 2011 parliamentary vote, triggering massive protests in Moscow against Putin's rule.
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Putin storms to landslide election win
Putin will now face a raft of challenges, from a stagnant economy to managing foreign entanglements in Syria and Ukraine. Zyuganov called the result "brilliant" and said Grudinin was a "candidate flawless for the post of prime-minister".
WWE's Wrestlemania heading back to New Jersey in 2019
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Apple's March 27 event in Chicago takes place at school
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