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She beat up-and-comer Zarina Diyas of Kaza-
khstan 6--2, 6--0 in 53 minutes, a routine affair
compared to the emotional roller coaster she rode
Friday night after walking onto stadium court for
the first time since being driven away by a hail of
boos as a teenager in 2001.
"It definitely felt back to normal out there," Williams
said. "It feels really special. I feel really glad to be
here and still be in the tournament."
Four-time Indian Wells winner Roger Federer need-
ed 10 more minutes than Williams to dispatch Diego
Schwartzman 6--4, 6--2 in the men s second round.
Federer hit a 122 mph ace to set up match point and
blasted a forehand winner to end it, leaving him two
shy of 50 career wins in the desert.
"I m moving well, which is key on this surface
because the easy shots and easy points are not going
to happen so easily here like they maybe do in Dubai
or Australia or the indoor season," Federer said. "I
was successful playing on my terms. There are certain
things I can do better, but for a first round it s a good
Three-time champion Rafael Nadal could say the
same thing, winning 6--4, 6--2 over Igor Sijsling.
Nadal dominated their baseline rallies in his opening
match of the two-week tournament.
"I moved myself a little bit quicker tonight than
what I was doing one month ago," Nadal said. "I was
able to defend some points well, to have some good
passing shots, have some winners, some good shots
down the line with my forehand. That always gives
me a lot of confidence."
Third-seeded Simona Halep needed three sets to
beat Varvara Lepchenko 6--1, 3--6, 6--1. Lepchenko
had 56 unforced errors to 37 for Halep.
Playing in the 91-degree heat of an unusually warm
desert afternoon, Williams was bathed in applause
by the half-full stadium court crowd. They booed
supportively when the chair umpire ruled an apparent
ace ticked the net on her second match point.
Williams waved her left arm dismissively toward
the chair. She screamed in frustration when her back-
hand error wasted a second match point and forced
deuce. The world s top-ranked women s player closed
it out on her third match point when Diyas backhand
Williams extended her current winning streak to
13 matches in her first tournament since winning
her 19th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in
Diyas was making her debut at Indian Wells and
fell to 2--9 against top-ten players in her young career.
She improved her ranking by 129 spots last year and
is currently No 32. She committed 27 unforced errors
to 20 for Williams, who converted six of 12 break
Next up for Williams is Sloane Stephens, who beat
two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7--6
(4), 1--6, 6--4.
Federer next plays Andreas Seppi in a rematch of
their Australian Open, when Seppi stunned Federer
in four sets in the third round. Seppi advanced with
a 6--4, 6--4 win over Victor Hanescu.
Donald Young led a parade of upsets earlier in the
day, with the American beating 31st-seeded Jeremy
Chardy 6--4, 6--2.
The highest men s seed to go down was No 7 Stan
Wawrinka, who lost to Robin Haase 6--3, 3--6, 6--3.
Young equalled his best result at Indian Wells,
reaching the third round for the third time.
Young reached his second career ATP Tour final
last month in Florida and made the semifinals in
No 11 Grigor Dimitrov nearly followed some of the
other seeded players out of the tournament, needing
three sets to hold off Nick Kyrgios 7--6 (2), 3--6, 7--6
(4) over two hours.
Kyrgios fell and rolled his ankle in the ninth game
of the last set, but managed to break back and had
returns to Zarina Diyas,
of Kazakhstan, during
their match at the BNP
Paribas Open tennis
Sunday in Indian Wells,
won 6--2, 6--0. AP PHOTO
a chance to serve out a victory.
Alexandr Dolgopolov, who made the semifinals
here last year, beat No 29 Santiago Giraldo 6--1, 7--6
(4). Qualifier Michael Berrer advanced when No 22
Richard Gasquet retired trailing 3--1 in the third set.
American Jack Sock outlasted 33rd-seeded Gilles
Muller 3--6, 6--3, 7--6 (7), saving a match point in
No 6 Milos Raonic restored order, firing 13 aces
and losing just eight points on his serve in defeating
Simone Bolelli 6--3, 6--4. (AP)
Williams, Federer, Nadal
easily advance at Indian Wells
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