Osaka Overcomes Mladenovic To Begin Title Defence

Ruben Holloway
March 12, 2019

Mladenovic held serve to narrow the deficit to 5-4, and Osaka faced another break point before wrapping up the match in one hour and 21 minutes for a third-round meeting with American Danielle Collins.

Williams was playing her first tournament since the Australian Open in late January, when she lost in the quarterfinals.

World No 1 Novak Djokovic picked up steam during his second-round match against American Bjorn Fratangelo as he goes in search of his 74th ATP title in Indian Wells.

"I just fought and tried my hardest", said Williams, now ranked 36th in the world.

"A double break is not ideal against a great server, especially a left-handed server".

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"I think I was missing something to be able to play at this level. He was the world No 17 at that point and I said to him he would be No 1 in 12 months", Janko Tipsarevic said.

No. 9 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who lost to Roger Federer in both the Australian Open semifinals and the final in Dubai last week, was ousted by Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2.

A sharp Philipp Kohlschreiber broke Nick Kyrgios twice en route to a shock 6-4 6-4 win that took just over an hour.

When I see someone at the net, I just start thinking percentages, like, you know, 30% chance they are going to go this way, so might as well go with the higher chance - or she went this way last time, so she might go this way the other time.

The German had already broken four times and was in complete control before Klizan called it quits. Summing up how she felt after the match, Kvitova told reporters: "I want to swear, but I will not".

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"I think I tried too hard in the first set to impress him", the Serb said. "I did go through doubtful moments and questioning everything and experiencing a surgery for the first time in my life was something that I've never experienced before".

"I really played bad", she said, "and in the end of the match she definitely played better than me". A trainer visited Williams on court before she departed.

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.

Coric, the 11th seed, was beaten by fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic, the 40-year-old serving 20 aces in a 6-4 7-6 (7-2) win.

In another women's singles clash, Germany's Angelique Kerber eased past Yulia Putintseva of Russia 6-0, 6-2 to set up a round-of-32 clash against another Russian player Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

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