Indian Wells: Venus Williams scripts stunning comeback to beat Petra Kvitova

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Venus Williams fought back to down third seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 7-5 6-4 and reach the BNP Paribas Open third round on Saturday, while Naomi Osaka got her title defense off to a flying start with a straight sets win over Kristina Mladenovic.

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.

Osaka next faces Danielle Collins, the 25th-seeded American who beat Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, 6-4, 6-1.

Keen to avoid a repeat, Osaka marched through the opening set in 38 minutes, but she hit a speed bump as she was broken when serving for the match at 5-2 in the second.

It was the Indian Wells WTA triumph that proved to be the springboard of success for the 21-year-old as she went on to win the Australian Open which took her career rankings from 44th in the world to numero uno within a year.

"He had an unbelievable backhand cross pass, and we played a really long point ..." And in the end of the match, she definitely played better than me.

The number five seed dropped the first set in a tie-break but made light work of the remainder of the match, prevailing 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1.

"I didn't know what to expect today because he's a completely different player (now)", said Auger-Aliassime after their morning match. Summing up how she felt after the match, Kvitova told reporters: "I want to swear, but I will not".

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"I let her play her better game, so it's my fault, anyway".

Fourth-seeded Federer 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.

There was better news for seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who was too good for Jordan Thompson 6-4 7-5. "I still feel like I have a lot to learn".

"Well, I mean, I really used to just dislike night matches because you're, like, the last one there, and honestly I sleep kind of early", Osaka addressed the press of the Indian Wells 2019.

Elsewhere on Saturday, fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova shook off a slow start to defeat Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1. "I just love the battle".

Germany's Angelique Kerber enjoyed a sweet victory over Yulia Putintseva.

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

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