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Indian Wells Masters: Sara Errani qualifies, and Naomi Osaka wins easily to get things started

<p>With a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Italian qualifier Sara Errani on match point three, Naomi Osaka advanced to the second round of the ATP-WTA Indian Wells Masters on Thursday.</p>
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<p>With a forehand winner, the four-time Grand Slam champion from Japan, who was battling to rise from a post-motherhood ranking of 287, clinched the triumph.</p>
<p>Then, Osaka made a joke about going back to her hotel to change her baby girl’s diapers—she was born last summer.</p>
<p>The 2018 Indian Wells winner stepped up for a straight-sets victory in 70 minutes on Thursday after five breakaways of service in the first set.</p>
<p>She said, “It’s nice to be back playing, but I’m a mom once I get home.” “My goal was to play again as soon as I became pregnant.</p>
<p>“I am aware that to become better, I must play well. nonetheless, I can’t wait to begin winning more games.</p>
<p>The golfer from California advanced to the quarterfinals of the Doha Open last month after falling in the first round of the Australian Open.</p>
<p>In the third round, she will square off against Liudmila Samsonova.</p>
<p>Caroline Wozniacki, the former world tennis champion, advanced in her comeback to tennis when she defeated the Dane in a match that had been cut short due to inclement weather the previous evening.</p>
<p>The number 204 player defeated Zhu Lin of China 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, in only a few more minutes on the court. Wozniacki will now take on Croat Donna Vekic.</p>
<p>Venus Williams, who hasn’t won since August, fell to Japanese player Nao Hibino 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 after blowing a strong early lead.</p>
<p>Williams, 43, last participated in competition at the US Open in August and won her last match two weeks before in Cincinnati.</p>
<p>Emma Raducanu, ranked 250th in the world, defeated Spanish qualifier Rebeka Masarova, ranked 96, 6-2, 6-3, in the first round. The 2021 US Open winner will now take on Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska.</p>
<p>After overcoming eight double-faults, Raducanu remarked, “I was really pleased with how I stayed focused, didn’t get down, and competed really hard in tough situations.”</p>
<p>Aleksandar Vukic, an Australian, opened against top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the men’s tournament after overcoming Shintaro Mochizuki of Japan 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6).</p>
<p>Rising Czech Tomas Machac defeated the 38-year-old Swiss player 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-2, adding to former number three Stan Wawrinka’s terrible 2024 start.</p>
<p>This was just the veteran’s second first-round loss in 13 outings, as he was defeated in less than two hours.</p>
<p>Machac advances to face the 21st-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France in the second round.</p>
<p>French sensation Gael Monfils defeated Australian Max Purcell 6-1, 6-2, dropping only three games in the process.</p>

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