Naomi Osaka gets revenge against Kristina Mladenovic at Indian Wells

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Venus Williams fought back to down third seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 7-5 6-4 and reach the BNP Paribas Open third round on Saturday, while Naomi Osaka got her title defense off to a flying start with a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic.

The 21-year-old marched through the opening set in 38 minutes, but hit a speed bump when she was broken while serving for the match at 5-2 in the second.

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. I took the first set.

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

The 38-year-old was trailing by a set and double break down when she pulled off a stunning comeback to register a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over No.3 seed Kvitova of Czech Republic in a thrilling clash that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours.

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

Williams booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victor over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

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Federer, who is seeking to break out of a tie with top seed Novak Djokovic for most titles in the California desert, looked set for a similarly easy time of it, but had to turn back a second-set challenge from German Peter Gojowczyk in a 6-1, 7-5 win. "I know most of my team members at the time were against me playing in Indian Wells and Miami because it was too early after the surgery", Djokovic said on Thursday during his pre-tournament press conference. We started, I think, pretty nervous, both.

There was disappointment, too, for 2011 victor Caroline Wozaniacki, who fell 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 to Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova. Summing up how she felt after the match, Kvitova told reporters: "I want to swear, but I will not".

"I think he will go and break all the records". I was so frustrated with myself from the half of the second set to the end, which shouldn't happen to me.

Kyrgios shrugged off those comments and said Saturday he'd put the good and bad of Acapulco behind him. "I served really well today, so that was obviously a big key".

Italian 16th seed Fognini went down to qualifier Radu Albot 6-0 7-6 (7-4), while Pouille suffered a 6-2 3-6 6-4 loss to Hubert Hurkacz.

Former world number one Angelique Kerber was almost ideal en route to a 6-0 6-2 dismantling of Yulia Putintseva, winning 93 percent of her first service points under sunny skies.

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