It wasn't the University of Maryland-Baltimore County beating the University of Virginia. Not by a long shot. But unseeded Naomi Osaka nonetheless stunned the top seed in a very big tournament—Simona Halep, at the BNP Paribas Open—in a lopsided result that will leave fans talking a day later.
When Osaka announced herself to the tennis world with a third-round run in her first US Open main draw, in 2016, all who watched knew that her heavy serve and groundstrokes were going to be reckoned with in the coming years. A year and a half later, at the ripe old age of 20, Osaka has refined those weapons and is using them on a more consistent basis.
Her growth may have coalesced in her utterly dominant, 6-3, 6-0 win over Halep, who Osaka lost to in the fourth round at this year's Australian Open. Osaka is currently ranked 44th in the world, but her forthcoming appearance in the Indian Wells final, opposite fellow 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina, will give her ranking the boost it needs to ensure that she'll be seeded at this year's Slams.
Match point from Osaka vs. Halep: