Naomi Osaka said impressing her favourite player Serena Williams was her goal when they met in the first round of the Miami Open.
And the Japanese sensation certainly got her wish with a stunning 6-3 6-2 victory over the 23-time grand slam champion, who was playing her second tournament since giving birth.
Indian Wells champion Osaka ran Williams ragged in an incredible display, recovering from a difficult start to set up a second-round clash with fourth seed Elina Svitolina.
"I was extremely nervous coming on to the court," Osaka said afterwards on Wednesday. "Serena is my favourite player so playing against her was a dream and I was very grateful, but it was even better that I was able to win.
"I kind of wanted to impress her and I wanted to make her say "come on" and I think she did, so I'm really happy about that."
Naomi Osaka has won her last eight matches, losing just one set total.— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) March 21, 2018
d. Serena Williams
AZARENKA BOOKS KEYS CLASH
Victoria Azarenka breezed through a first-round clash with American teenager CiCi Bellis, recovering from a sticky start to set up a match against 14th seed Madison Keys.
The former world number one won 6-3 6-0 after saving four break points in her opening service game, the two-time Australian Open champion seeking to bounce back from a second-round loss to Sloane Stephens at Indian Wells.
Azarenka and Keys are in the same section as top seed Simona Halep, who will open her campaign against lucky loser Oceane Dodin, who beat Veronica Cepede Royg 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 6-3.
CORNET BATTLES THROUGH MATTEK-SANDS CLASH
Bethanie Mattek-Sands' return to action after a long absence following knee surgery on an injury sustained at Wimbledon resulted in a straight-sets loss to Frenchwoman Alize Cornet.
A 6-2 7-5 loss unfolded over an engrossing one hour and 38 minutes of action at Crandon Park, the 32-year-old American unable to mark her comeback with a victory.
"I'm most happy with the win, but secondly, is to see Bethanie back on court," Cornet said after the match. "She's a great player, and I was very sad last year for what happened to her at Wimbledon."
INJURED ANISIMOVA WITHDRAWS
American teenager Amanda Anisimova pulled out of her second-round match against world number three Garbine Muguruza.
The 16-year-old reached the fourth round at Indian Wells last week but suffered an injury in a win over Chinese player Wang Qiang on Tuesday.
Wimbledon champion Muguruza, the third seed in the draw, now receives a bye into the third round.
Unfortunately had to withdraw from the second round of @MiamiOpen due to my fall in my first round— Amanda Anisimova (@AnisimovaAmanda) March 21, 2018
|Hayne will plead not guilty to charges, says lawyer|
|Boca boss Schelotto: The only thing I feel is sadness|
|Cardinals´ Fitzgerald makes NFL history with most receptions for one team|
|River Plate´s Copa Libertadores star Gonzalo Martinez confirms January departure|
|Klopp: I was never worried about Salah´s form|
|Packers QB Rodgers sets NFL record for most passes without an interception|
|World Cup bulking hampered Man United form – Lukaku|
|Leonardo rules out Ibrahimovic Milan return|
|Warriors´ Green to return against Timberwolves|
|I feel for him… we´ll make it work – Butler responds to Embiid´s frustration|
|Torino draw no missed opportunity for misfiring AC Milan, claims Gattuso|
|We´ll always be linked together forever - Wade reflects on playing with James before final match-up|
|O´Sullivan wins record seventh UK title|
|Chiefs secure playoff berth, Saints win NFC South|
|River Plate 3 Boca Juniors 1 (aet, 5-3 agg): Quintero and Martinez clinch Libertadores title in extr|
|WATCH: Chiefs QB Mahomes throws no-look pass|
|Dolphins defeat Patriots on miraculous final play|
|Kizzire eagle snatches QBE Shootout victory|
|AC Milan 0 Torino 0: Donnarumma shines, Cutrone misses late chance|
|Back to the drawing board for West Indies - Chase|
|Copa Libertadores: Messi and Griezmann among stars in Madrid for River-Boca Superclasico|
|Brady sets NFL record for most career TD passes|
|Copa Libertadores: Tevez named on Boca bench for Superclasico final|
|Premier League needs VAR, right now! - Benitez fumes over Dean´s decisions|
|McCall expects Itoje to fit for the Six Nations|
|Solari salutes Real Madrid character after ´ugly´ Huesca win|
|Berbatov defends under-fire Lukaku|
|Sarries crush Blues to maintain unbeaten start|
|Newcastle United 1 Wolves 2: Doherty punishes Yedlin red with late winner|
|Deeney jokes he´ll ´smash´ former Watford star Richarlison|
|Huesca 0 Real Madrid 1: Bale ends drought as Solari´s men edge to victory|
|Ponting: Umpires not looking at no-balls|
|Bale ends longest LaLiga goal drought|
|Porter backs Brees for MVP, Saints for Super Bowl|
|Verstappen eyeing 2019 title fight|
|Wall ´shouldn´t have played´ against Cavaliers after scoring just one point|
|Hazard: Man City the best team in the Premier League despite Chelsea win|
|LeBron explains why he gave a Grizzlies employee his game-worn shoes|
|Bangladesh cruise to ODI victory as seamers punish Windies|
|Football will win over violence, claims CONMEBOL president|
|Alcorcon support Reus Deportiu over unpaid players|
|Saponara explains cheeky celebration after last-gasp leveller|
|Godin and Filipe Luis return to Atletico training|
|Kick It Out condemns alleged racist abuse of Sterling|
|Emotional Oosthuizen clinches South African Open title|
|The Sunday Seven - 7 Key Opta facts for NFL Week 14|
|Martino salutes Atlanta´s grand plan|
|India´s tail must show greater application - Bangar|
|Mourinho: Diogo Dalot can be new Gary Neville|
|Sterling hits out at media coverage of black players|
|Lyon roars with defiance as Australia aim for unlikely victory|
|Bulls coach Boylen: Hooked starters ´embarrassing´ in record loss|
|Martinez pays tribute to Martino, Almiron after MLS Cup glory|
|LeBron: Final Wade matchup will be bittersweet|
|Alvarez-Kovalev rematch set for February 2|
|Newcastle Jets 2 Brisbane Roar 0: Sheppard, Jair score first A-League goals|
|India close in on victory in first Test|
|LeBron flirts with triple-double as Lakers down Grizzlies|
|Lomachenko unifies WBO, WBA titles with win over Pedraza|
|Joshua wants Wilder and Fury fights – Hearn|
|Mavericks rookie Doncic leads impressive fourth-quarter surge to beat Rockets|
|Martinez named MLS Cup MVP|
|Oklahoma´s Murray wins the Heisman Trophy|
|Atlanta United 2 Portland Timbers 0: Martinez scores again as Martino´s men win MLS Cup|
|Sarri to use Hazard as centre forward again|
|Ballon d´Or is a lie – Alba says Messi is world´s best|
|Messi: I needed some luck with free-kicks|
|Hoffman, Woodland in three-way tie for lead|
|Brook unconvincing in Zerafa victory|
|Leo unties any game - Valverde hails mesmeric Messi|