Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Osaka turns tables on Mladenovic

Osaka turns tables on Mladenovic

The two-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka has settled for her first loss as the World Number one in the opening round of the Dubai Open as she defeated the French woman, Kristina Mladenovic in the round-of-64 of the Indian Wells 2019.

Mladenovic held serve to narrow the deficit to 5-4, and Osaka faced another break point before wrapping up the match in one hour and 21 minutes for a third-round meeting with American Danielle Collins.

"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.

Federer fell 3-1 behind in the second set but the 37-year-old 20-time grand slam champion earned two more breaks to complete the match.

The second-round clash was the world No.1's first match since he won his seventh Australian Open title in January. "I'm sure her game suits well here as the defending champion, and I'm sure she wants to build on some wins again".

"I think I created some opportunities".

Williams - a three-time Indian Wells semi-finalist - broke for a 4-1 lead in the final set and never looked back.

"I didn't know what to expect today because he's a completely different player (now)", said Auger-Aliassime after their morning match.

The German had already broken four times and was in complete control before Klizan called it quits. 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 unbelievable 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.

"To be honest, I was a bit nervous in the beginning", said Djokovic, who is going for a record sixth Indian Wells title.

Earlier, Roger Federer beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5 in the second round. "After that, things went better for me".

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

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.

Third seed Alexander Zverev is also through after opening opponent Martin Kližan of Slovakia retired when trailing the German 6-2, 2-0.

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