Angelique Kerber, of Germany, reacts after beating Pauline Parmentier, of France, during the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 13, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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In nine previous appearances, Kerber's best results were semifinal berths in 2012 and 2013 . She had lost in the second round for the past three years.Regardless of Kerber's results, she is assured of regaining the No. 1 ranking from Serena Williams, who withdrew before the tournament began because of what she said was a left knee injury.Venus Williams beat Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-2, winning 75 percent of her first-serve points and all eight of her net points as the temperature climbed to near 100 degrees (37 C).Safarova had 27 unforced errors to just nine for Williams.No. 10 Gael Monfils defeated John Isner 6-2, 6-4 to set up a fourth-round match against No. 8 Dominic Thiem, who beat No. 29 Mischa Zverev 6-1, 6-4 .
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