Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Serena enjoys winning return at Indian Wells

Serena enjoys winning return at Indian Wells

Meanwhile, Sam Stosur recovered after losing the first set to American Lauren Davis to win the game 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and advance to the second round where she will face Kristina Mladenovic.

Serena Williams (USA) during her first round match against Zarina Diyas (not pictured) at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Nonetheless, Sharapova was able to regain her composure, recovering from the huge deficit to return level after playing an impressive return game to grab back the break with a return victor. She also reached the Shenzhen semi-finals, was routed by Angelique Kerber in the Australian Open third round and withdrew from the Dubai Open injured.

Said Osaka: "I knew (Sharapova) would fight for everything because I've watched her since I was little".

She trailed 4-1 in the first set before levelling at 4-4. But Osaka held to go up 5-4 and broke Sharapova on a double fault to close out the set.

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In earlier action, American teenager Amanda Anisimova recorded her first top-level victory with a 6-2 6-2 thrashing of Pauline Parmentier.

The 36-year-old gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia on September 1, but says post-childbirth health complications that included blood clots in her lungs were nearly fatal. The 16-year-old Anisimova, who earned a wild card into the main draw, is the U.S. Open junior champion. Qualifier Sofia Kenin beat 17-year-old wild card Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks 6-2, 6-0....

In other matches on the first day of the two-week tournament, Belinda Bencic saved a match point in beating Timea Babos, 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4), while wild card Genie Bouchard lost to qualifier Sachia Vickery, 6-3, 6-4.

She returned to tennis only last April.

Osaka, who entered the match as the lower-ranked player, was more solid throughout the match and overpowered the erratic Russian who was struggling with consistency, triumphing 6-4, 6-4 after an hour and 35-minutes of play.

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