Indian Wells 2019: Naomi Osaka - "I Sleep Kind of Early"

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Naomi Osaka opened her title defense avenging a loss in her last match to Kristina Mladenovic, easing past the Frenchwoman who beat her in Dubai 6-3, 6-4.

Indian qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran achieved the biggest win of his career when he stunningly knocked world number 18 Nikoloz Basilashvili out of 6-4, 6 (6)-7, 7-6 (4) continuing his dream run.

Nishikori did not play in Indian Wells last year due to illness, falling outside the Top 30 of the ATP Rankings for the first time in six-and-a-half years after the tournament as he continued to recover from a wrist injury.

The Japanese world number one was too strong for Mladenovic, hitting 24 winners and 24 unforced errors in one hour, 21 minutes. I just had to acquaint myself with the new sensations, mental, physical, emotional, and it was all a great learning curve for me.

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The two players have met nine times on the ATP circuit with Djokovic winning on eight occasions. I don't regret [playing in Indian Wells and Miami].

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

Williams was playing her first tournament since the Australian Open in late January, when she lost in the quarterfinals. What I am happy about is that we are aligned and we agree that we should be talking and coming up with a proper plan. She took a 40-15 lead in the final game, but two double faults, followed by a lucky netcord bounce for Williams gave the American a match point and Kvitova sailed a ball long to end matters after two hours and 27 minutes - sparking an ebullient celebration from Williams. Kohlschreiber put together a consistent all round display resulting in a 6-4,6-4 straight set win.

It was just her eighth match of the year.

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"It was a tough battle, fighting, staying there physically, tennis-wise, mentally also", said Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number three who said it's the kind of match that will take his comeback to the next level. Nadal is the better player and I see him going through to the next round.

The Serbian, victor of the Australian Open in January, will next face Philipp Kohlschreiber after the German dispatched Australia's Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-4.

Barthel's compatriot Angelique Kerber was almost ideal en route to a 6-0 6-2 dismantling of Yulia Putintseva, winning 93% of her first service points under sunny skies in the Southern California desert.

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