Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance

Updated: Mar 11, 2019, 08:55 IST | AFP

The second-round clash was Djokovic first match since he won his seventh Australian Open title in January

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic, Venus Williams advance
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic shook off some rust and US qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo Saturday, opening his ATP Indian Wells Masters campaign with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 victory.

The second-round clash was Djokovic first match since he won his seventh Australian Open title in January. Meanwhile the seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and reach the third round.

Earlier, Japan's World No. 1 Naomi Osaka launched her Indian Wells Masters title defence with a 6-3, 6-4 victory in a grudge match against Kristina Mladenovic on Saturday.

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