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Venus Williams fought back to down third seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 7-5 6-4, while Naomi Osaka got her title defence off to a flying start with a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic.

The Japanese world number one was too strong for Mladenovic, hitting 24 winners and 24 unforced errors in one hour, 21 minutes.

Federer saved six of seven break chances against the German after losing just two points on his serve in the first set.

Her surprise triumph at Indian Wells previous year launched a 2018 campaign that would eventually include her first Grand Slam crown at the US Open.

"I just fought and tried my hardest", said Williams, now ranked 36th in the world.

Williams booked a third-round clash with fellow American Christina McHale, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victor over 30th-seeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Yet he double faulted on the third break point he faced in the game and Nishikori raced into a 6-2 lead in the deciding tiebreak.

In other matches, five-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer thwarted a second-set challenge from Peter Gojowczyk to reach the third round with a 6-1, 7-5 victory.

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In the press conference after her first win at the Indian Wells 2019, Osaka spoke about the inconveniences which are caused to her while playing night matches.

"The last time I played her I lost, so anything's a bonus", Osaka said, adding that she felt a few butterflies before opening the first title defense of her career.

Federer immediately broke back before later benefiting from an untimely double fault for another break and serving out for victory in just over an hour and a quarter.

The World No 36 Venus sealed the game with 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. "I think I played better than I did in the previous round", said Gunneswaran.

"I really played bad", she said, "and in the end of the match she definitely played better than me".

Karolina Pliskova booked her place in the third round after a hard-fought win over qualifier Misaki Doi. "I just had to acquaint myself with the new sensations, mental, physical, emotional, and it was all a great learning curve for me".

No. 2 seed Simona Halep needed almost two hours to beat qualifier Kateryna Kozlova 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the third round.

In another women's singles clash, Germany's Angelique Kerber eased past Yulia Putintseva of Russia 6-0, 6-2 to set up a round-of-32 clash against another Russian player Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

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