Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic greets legend Pete Sampras after win

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic greets legend Pete Sampras after win

Defending champion Osaka beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in her first attempt at defending a WTA Tour title.

The number five seed dropped the first set in a tie-break but made light work of the remainder of the match, prevailing 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1.

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

Osaka will next face Australian Open semi-finalist Danielle Collins, who thrashed Kirsten Flipkens.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, turned back the clock throughout the next two sets.

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

McHale won her match 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Osaka in Melbourne, fired 10 aces, but also had 10 double faults, and her 56 unforced errors were more than double the American's 25.

The Swiss regained the break and, after saving four break points to make it 4-4, he broke Gojowczyk for a 6-5 lead, the German double-faulting on break point to give Federer a chance to serve it out.

World number two Rafael Nadal steamed into the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters yesterday with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over American Jared Donaldson.

In the press conference after her first win at the Indian Wells 2019, Osaka spoke about the inconveniences which are caused to her while playing night matches.

"I was a bit nervous, I don't get to see Pete that often", the 31-year-old Serb told reporters. It was just her eighth match of the year. 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.

Kvitova seized a break lead again in the third, but Venus took the last three games of the match to win it.

Women's fifth seed Karolina Pliskova started on a rusty note, but eventually beat Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1.

Britain's 22nd seed Kyle Edmund advanced to round three with a 6-2 6-0 victory over Chile's Nicolas Jarry. "I just had to acquaint myself with the new sensations, mental, physical, emotional, and it was all a great learning curve for me".

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.

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