Venus Williams makes spirited comeback as Keys stumbles at Indian Wells

Venus Williams makes spirited comeback as Keys stumbles at Indian Wells

Venus Williams makes spirited comeback as Keys stumbles at Indian Wells

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

World number one Osaka beat Mladenovic 6-3 6-4, the win under the stadium court lights sweet revenge for the reigning USA and Australian Open champion after she lost to the same opponent in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships first round last month.

World No.4 Federer was dominant in the opening set but was pushed in the second before he wrapped up the 6-1 7-5 in one hour and 17 minutes.

Osaka next faces Danielle Collins, the 25th-seeded American who beat Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, 6-4, 6-1.

After losing 3-6 in the first set, Mladenovic fought back in the second, but Osaka kept her cool to stop her opponent from causing her issues.

Osaka gave up serve at 5-2 with a double fault and was pushed again in the 10th game, but Mladenovic sent a forehand return long on match point to give the 21-year-old victory. Usually, I am able to anticipate it well, but she is one of the best players at the net that I have played, so it was kind of hard this time around.

She received a first-round bye in Indian Wells and then beat Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-3 on Saturday [NZ time].

American Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam victor, was in the stands as the Serb beat Fratangelo 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

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"It was such a weird match", Kvitova said, calling it her worst of the year.

"She has been playing so well and you never know what's going to come off her racket", a beaming Williams said in front of a fawning crowd as night fell on her native Southern California.

"I was really focused on that last tiebreak", he said.

"The last time I played her I lost, so anything's a bonus", Osaka said, adding that she felt a few butterflies before opening the first title defense of her career.

Though Kvitova posted more winners in contrast to Williams (38 to 15), she also registered double of the unforced errors made by the seven-time major champion (56 to 25).

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. "I served really well today, so that was obviously a big key".

Eighth-seeded American John Isner raced into the third round with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin.

No. 2 seed Simona Halep needed almost two hours to beat qualifier Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the third round.

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