Solid Naomi Osaka reaches the 3rd round in Indian Wells in style

Florence Fletcher
March 11, 2019

Halep dominated the tiebreaker, urged on by a large contingent of Romanian fans at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

In other first-round matches Thursday American Sam Querrey defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-4 to line up a meeting with 13th-seeded Milos Raonic - a rematch of their quarter-final here past year won by the Canadian.

"A double break is not ideal against a great server, especially a left-handed server. But the good part is being in matches, you just - a lot of it is just being in the moment", Venus said. And I think I created some opportunities.

The world number one underwent surgery on his right elbow in February past year, then proceeded to lose to Taro Daniel, then the world number 109, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

"I was playing really aggressive", Kerber said.

"I didn't really have a problem getting up. I just didn't play well today".

After Mladenovic held serve to narrow the deficit to 5-4, the Japanese player faced another break point before wrapping up the match after 1 hour 21 minutes. The Czech finished with 10 aces to 10 double faults. "I'm sure her game suits well here as the defending champion, and I'm sure she wants to build on some wins again".

"Then the second set, obviously with the first set under my belt, was slightly better".

"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.

Djokovic shakes hands with his idol Pete Sampras
Djokovic shakes hands with his idol Pete Sampras

In what was just the seventh meeting between the two stars, Williams, 38, recorded her third win. I was so frustrated with myself from the half of the second set to the end, which shouldn't happen to me.

"It's always tough to play Venus, for sure".

The Japanese star, who in January added an Australian Open title to the US Open crown she seized in September, says she's a long way from the carefree, unseeded player who arrived at the California desert past year ranked 44th in the world.

World No 1 Osaka beat Mladenovic 6-3 6-4, the win under the stadium court lights sweet revenge for the reigning United States and Australian Open champion after she lost to the same opponent in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships first round last month.

World number one Osaka started her title defence well, cruising past Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4.

Mannarino, ranked 52nd in the world, served for the match at 6-5 in the third.

"It feels unbelievable, I can't describe it", said Alexandrova after her second career Top 20 win. I was with Novak in Monte Carlo last spring, talking about everything, and I said to [Marian] Vajda, Jelena [Djokovic], Artaldi and Novak himself that it is only a question of time when he will return to the top.

Julia Goerges, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and Danielle Collins were also winners.

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