Osaka outlasts Stephens in 3 sets in return to Indian Wells

  • Sloane Stephens returns a shot to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Naomi Osaka, of Japan, returns a shot to Sloane Stephens at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Naomi Osaka made a winning return to the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday, rallying to beat Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in a first-round meeting of former major champions.