Venus Williams surges, Madison Keys stumbles; nervous Naomi Osaka exacts revenge

Venus Williams surges, Madison Keys stumbles; nervous Naomi Osaka exacts revenge

She's seeking her 50th career title.

"I was struggling a little bit tonight but I found a way at the end and I think these are the matches you need to come through somehow".

Williams tipped her hat to the two-times Wimbledon champion after the hard-fought contest.

"Having to play down the whole match and to be able to get that", Williams said of her emotion. I do not get used not to be honest with myself. "I just loved the battle".

Fourth-seeded Federer, like top seeded Novak Djokovic gunning for a sixth ATP Indian Wells Masters crown, said he was relieved not to go to a second-set tiebreaker after falling behind 3-1 to the free-swinging German who is ranked 85th in the world. It's their first meeting since the Spaniard stunned Serena to win the 2016 French Open.


An outstanding break point saw Djokovic respond for 5-5 before Fratangelo grabbed the lead in the tie-break.

Kvitova fired 10 aces, but also had 10 double faults and while the Czech fired 38 winners to Williams's 15, her 56 unforced errors were more than double the American's 25.

"I think in the tiebreak I played best tennis of the match, I was really focused", said Nishikori, who opened 2019 with a title in Brisbane and then reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Credit to Bjorn for coming out firing from every corner. I think maybe from this perspective, I could have, should have made a different decision, but I believe it also taught me some valuable lessons that helped me to create wonderful results in the next seven, eight months and get from 22 in the world to No. 1 in the world in less than six months.

"This is an important part of the season for me...[so] that's important for my mental health, too, to feel that I'm competitive when I'm ready to play".

After Mladenovic held serve to narrow the deficit to 5-4, the Japanese player faced another break point before wrapping up the match after one hour and 21 minutes.


Earlier, another American Madison Keys blew a late lead to fall 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 to German Mona Barthel. The Russian failed to serve it out in the third in the first time of asking, but got it done following breaking Wozniacki at 5-all.

There was disappointment, too, for 2011 victor Caroline Wozaniacki, who fell 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 to 59th-ranked Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova.

The 24-year-old will face Belinda Bencic in the third round on Monday after the Swiss cruised to a 6-4 6-1 win earlier in the day.

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka launched her title defense at the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in a grudge match against Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday.


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