Teymuraz Gabashvili

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic are delayed but not denied in surprisingly tough wins at BNP Paribas Open

Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic are delayed but not denied in surprisingly tough wins at BNP Paribas Open

The harder they tried, the worse they seemed to play. And with every forehand they rifled into the net, with every shot that sailed off on long flights in the gusty winds, fans began to sense an upset could be unfolding Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open.

"I was trying my best to not get off to a slow start, then I got broken really early and I couldn't manage to break back," 21-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams said of her third-round match against Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva, whose deepest foray into a Grand Slam was her third-round appearance at the Australian Open earlier this year.

Williams wasn't alone in experiencing frustration against a younger opponent...

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