Now dominant Osaka out to 'get another one' at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal during his second round match against Jared Donaldson in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Rafael Nadal during his second round match against Jared Donaldson in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

World No 1 Novak Djokovic picked up steam during his second-round match against American Bjorn Fratangelo as he goes in search of his 74th ATP title in Indian Wells.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams rallied from a set and two breaks down to topple third-seeded Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and reach the third round.

Admitting that she's still learning to cope with the pressure of heightened expectations, Osaka said, "It's not about defending, it's about getting another one".

After Mladenovic held serve to narrow the deficit to 5-4, the Japanese player faced another break point before wrapping up the match after one hour and 21 minutes.

The Japanese star, who in January added an Australian Open title to the US Open crown she seized in September, says she's a long way from the carefree, unseeded player who arrived at the California desert past year ranked 44th in the world.

Venus Williams (USA) during her second round match as she defeated Petra Kvitova (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. "I was just fighting in the first set to find that balance between being aggressive and not rushing too much".

"The crowd was behind me to get to match point", Williams said. "He asks me questions and I like to think a lot so it definitely helps me out".

"To be honest, I was a bit nervous in the beginning", admitted Djokovic, who is going for a record sixth Indian Wells title. "I think she had a few tight points, and here we are".

World number one Naomi Osaka on Saturday launched her Indian Wells title defense with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 65th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France.

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

Williams pulled off the unlikely comeback despite failing to produce a single ace although she said her varying serve speeds were "what I needed to do". It was just her eighth match of the year.

The American was up a break in the first set and also ahead in the tie-break, but he was unable to deny the world number one. Suddenly I was leading in the second, but somehow I just gave her a chance again to be back in the match, and she took it.

"I was kind of waiting for him to do something with the ball rather than doing it myself", he said.

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.

Coric, the 11th seed, was beaten by fellow Croatian Ivo Karlovic, the 40-year-old serving 20 aces in a 6-4 7-6 (7-2) win.

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber routed Yulia Putintseva 6-0, 6-2.

Former world number one Angelique Kerber was almost flawless en route to a 6-0 6-2 dismantling of Yulia Putintseva, winning 93 percent of her first service points under sunny skies.

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