Sporting Life

Young stars always give sport a refreshing new spin

One is Japanese-Haitian, lives in America and appears to take great pleasure in slapping, slugging and swatting forehands. The other is Russian, follows Barcelona FC and has a feel for timing and space which Andres Iniesta will approve of. They're 20 and are publicly making plans to rule the world.

Naomi Osaka and Daria Kasatkina played the Indian Wells final on Sunday and if as a match it was anti-climactic (Osaka won 6-3, 6-2), as a moment it was enticing. Think of it as an early audition for greatness.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2018, with the headline 'Young stars always give sport a refreshing new spin'. Print Edition | Subscribe