H2H Naomi Osaka and Danielle Collins | Next match preview Indian Wells

H2H Naomi Osaka and Danielle Collins | Next match preview Indian Wells

H2H Naomi Osaka and Danielle Collins | Next match preview Indian Wells

Naomi Osaka eased past Kristina Mladenovic to begin her Indian Wells Open title defence on Saturday.

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. "I was just here to have fun, maybe get to the quarters", AFP quoted her as saying.

That victory gave the Serbian his third consecutive Grand Slam title after last year's Wimbledon and US Open triumphs.

"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, a 6-4, 6-1 victor over Kirsten Flipkens.

Djokovic went down an early break to the 128th-ranked Fratangelo, but leveled the set with a break for 5-5.

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

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

In the men's draw, top-ranked Novak Djokovic also had to overcome nerves before dispatching American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in straight sets to reach the third round at Indian Wells.

Kyrgios had captured his first ATP title in more than a year when he lifted the Mexico Open trophy, beating three top-10 players along the way in world number two Rafael Nadal, No. 9 John Isner of the United States and, in the final, third-ranked German Alexander Zverev. "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.

The Chinese player nearly took the first set in a tight tenth game, holding two set points on the former world No. 10's serve.

"I let her play her better game, so it's my fault, anyway". It feels like the ball stops for a split second while I am thinking about that.

Roger Federer saved four break points to defeat Peter Gojowczyk yesterday. "Suddenly I was leading in the second, but somehow I just gave her a chance again to be back in the match, and she took it", Kvitova said.

"The tournament in Australia was fantastic 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.

Russian 14th seed Daniil Medvedev is also through after he dismissed American Mackenzie McDonald 7-5 6-0 and he will face Filip Krajinovic next after the Serb conquered 20th-seeded Belgian David Goffin 6-3 6-3.

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