Osaka Overcomes Mladenovic To Begin Title Defence

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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.

The Australian Open finalist had established a comfortable 6-4, 3-0 lead for herself but Williams clawed her way back into the match, winning seven of the last nine games of the second set to draw level at one set apiece. "After that things went better for me", added the Serbian, who dominated the second set to book a third-round meeting with German Philipp Kohlschreiber, a 6-4, 6-4 victor over Australian Nick Kyrgios.

The champion in Melbourne, Osaka broke in the sixth game of the first set against Mladenovic, closing it out after a tough hold in the ninth.

"I've never been a defending champion before - that's new and I was really nervous", said Osaka, whose first WTA title at Indian Wells past year launched a 2018 campaign that would eventually include her first Grand Slam crown at the US Open. I think she had a few tight points, and here we are. "I think I have a good night-match win streak going for me right now, so I'm not going to say anything negative about that".

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

"To be honest, I was a bit nervous in the beginning, I didn't play my best". It feels like the ball stops for a split second while I am thinking about that.

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

The 21-year-old defeated Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 in the opening match of her title defence on Saturday (local time).

Nadal added: "I play in Indian Wells then let's what happens with Miami".

However, the American was unable to close it out, a double fault and a pair of errors handing Djokovic the opening set.

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.

Former world No 1 Angelique Kerber was almost flawless en route to a 6-0 6-2 dismantling of Yulia Putintseva, winning 93 per cent of her first service points under sunny skies. "I just loved the battle".

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.

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