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Osaka too hot for Collins at Indian Wells

12th March 2019, 13:51 by Neil Foster

World number one Naomi Osaka beat Danielle Collins in straight-sets in round three of the BNP Paribas Open.

The winner of the past two Grand Slams eased to a 6-4 6-2 success at Indian Wells as she looks to defend her title in the Californian desert.

The Japanese ace dominated her opponent throughout the contest, with 66 per cent of her first serves finding their target.

Conversely, her 25-year-old American opponent struggled with her delivery, registering seven double faults during the match.

Despite the victory, Osaka still found time to scrutinise her display and felt she got better as the match progressed.

"In the first set I was just really flat-footed. I didn’t feel like I was moving well at all," she said. "Then I just tried to really hype myself up. My mindset was just to keep trying to get my feet moving and stay pumped up and positive."

Osaka will play Belinda Bencic next after the Swiss star beat Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-4 6-2.

Elsewhere, 38-year-old Venus Williams progressed to round four with a 6-2 7-5 victory over qualifier Christina McHale, and the US ace will next take on world number 97 Mona Barthel after she beat Julia Goerges.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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