Venus Overcomes Kvitova At Indian Wells; Serena v Muguruza Sunday

Venus Overcomes Kvitova At Indian Wells; Serena v Muguruza Sunday

Venus Overcomes Kvitova At Indian Wells; Serena v Muguruza Sunday

Naomi Osaka, who started her Paribas Open title campaign with a win over Kristina Mladenovic, said that she learns more from losses than victories.

The Australian Open finalist had established a comfortable 6-4, 3-0 lead for herself but Williams clawed her way back into the match, winning seven of the last nine games of the second set to draw level at one set apiece.

"I think I tried too hard in the first set to impress him", the Serb said.

Her surprise triumph at Indian Wells previous year launched a 2018 campaign that would eventually include her first Grand Slam crown with a victory at the U.S. Open.

"I've never been a defending champion before, that's new and I was really nervous", said Osaka, who booked a third-round meeting with American Danielle Collins, who was a 6-4, 6-1 victor over Kirsten Flipkens.

Stressing on the importance of enjoying her game, she said, "I just want to do the things that I practice and know that I can do well and even if things aren't going my way try to find a way to win matches".

She booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, who defeated 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Elsewhere on Saturday, fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova shook off a slow start to defeat Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-1.

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The world's top-ranked man also won in straight sets, with Novak Djokovic beating Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in pursuit of a record sixth title in the desert.

Djokovic was playing his first match since winning the Australian Open in January and conceded an early break to his 25-year-old American opponent, ranked 128th.

"Honestly, I'm over that now", Kyrgios said, adding that he was mentally ready for his Indian Wells opener but just didnt' play well. We started, I think, pretty nervous, both. "I still feel like I have a lot to learn". Summing up how she felt after the match, Kvitova told reporters: "I want to swear, but I will not".

There was disappointment, too, for 2011 victor Caroline Wozaniacki, who fell 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 to Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova. "I served really well today, so that was obviously a big key".

Isner, the American eighth seed, was on court for less than an hour, crushing Alexei Popyrin 6-0 6-2.

"The tournament in Australia was unbelievable considering all these things, the only regret is that I could not compete at my best in the final but I found a great Djokovic and I think I was missing something to be able to play at this level", Rafael Nadal added.

He'll play Guido Pella, who ended the hopes of another Aussie qualifier, Alex Bolt, 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-3.

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