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Tomljanovic defeated at WTA Indian Wells

Ajla Tomljanovic has succumbed to Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the WTA event in Indian Wells while Venus Williams upset Petra Kvitova.

Tomljanovic defeated at WTA Indian Wells

Ajla Tomljanovic has succumbed to Aryna Sabalenka in the second round of the WTA event in Indian Wells while Venus Williams upset Petra Kvitova.

AJLA TOMLJANOVIC of Croatia in action against Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida.
AJLA TOMLJANOVIC of Croatia in action against Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, Florida. Picture:Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Ajla Tomljanovic has been eliminated from the WTA event at Indian Wells in the second round by ninth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.

Australian world No.44 Tomljanovic fought back from a set down to take the match to a deciding set but Belarusian Sabalenka proved too strong to close out the encounter 6-3 4-6 6-0.


World No.1 and defending champion Naomi Osaka joined Sabalenka in the third round with a 6-3 6-4 win over Kristina Mladenovic.

Venus Williams staged a spirited comeback to down third seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 7-5 6-4 to reach the round of 32.

The 38-year-old American turned back the clock in the final two sets, dialling up the speed on her first serves and playing stout defence to seal a win that looked unlikely when she was down 3-0 and two breaks in the second set.

"She has been playing so well and you never know what's going to come off her racket," Williams said in front of a fawning crowd in her native Southern California.

"I was just happy to have your energy to get pumped up. I just love the battle."

Fifth-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova advanced to the third round after she recovered from a set down to beat Japan's Misaki Doi 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1.

Second seed Angelique Kerber dropped just two games as she eased through to the third round with a comfortable 6-0 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan's Yulia Puntintseva in 63 minutes.

"I was playing really aggressive," the German said.

"Yeah, it's good to start the tournament like that."

Reigning Wimbledon champion and eighth seed Kerber will face Natalia Vikhlyantseva next after the Russian surprised Spain's 26th seed Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-2 6-0.

Unseeded German Mona Barthel fought back to defeat error-prone American 17-th seed Madison Keys 3-6 6-1 7-5.

Belgian qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure caused another boilover with a 1-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 comeback win over 28th-seeded Croatian Donna Vekic.

Others to advance to the third round on Saturday were Latvian 11th seed Anastasija Sevastova, Swiss 23rd seed Belinda Bencic, 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko, American 25th seed Danielle Collins, Christina McHale and Anett Kontaveit.

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