Djokovic too good for Fratangelo at Indian Wells

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World number one Naomi Osaka on Saturday launched her Indian Wells title defense with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 65th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France.

Mladenovic upset Osaka in straight sets two weeks ago at the Dubai tournament.

It was a good day for veteran Venus Williams, who surged past Petra Kvitova.

"The tournament in Australia was unbelievable 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", Nadal told ESPN this week.

Two-time Grand Slam victor Osaka sealed her tenth victory of the season.

The match was Osaka's first as the world's top player and as the reigning Australian Open champion - and she was contesting it coachless after parting ways with Sascha Bajin shortly after her Melbourne triumph.

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American Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam victor, was in the stands as the Serb beat Fratangelo 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

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

Alexandrova put her hands over her face in disbelief when Wozniacki was unable to return her serve on match point.

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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.

"Well, I mean, I really used to just dislike night matches because you're, like, the last one there, and honestly I sleep kind of early", Osaka addressed the press of the Indian Wells 2019.

Karolina Pliskova booked her place in the third round after a hard-fought win over qualifier Misaki Doi.

The Czech appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third.

Eighth-seeded German Angelique Kerber eased into the third round with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva.

Next up for Barthel is a meeting with countrywoman Julia Gorges, who beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-3 2-6 6-3 behind seven aces in an evening match.

Coming off an impressive title win in Acapulco, Kyrgios went down to German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-4.

The latter had won the Mexican Open last week. "I served really well today, so that was obviously a big key".

India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran continued his supreme form.

He is set to take on Ivo Karlovic in the third round.

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