Two of the top three seeds at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships were sent packing on Tuesday. France's Kristina Mladenovic rolled to an impressive 6-2, 6-4 victory over second-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, while Russia's Ekaterina Makarova recorded a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia. In addition, fifth-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain was forced to retire due to a left Achilles' tendon injury. She was trailing 4-1 when she withdrew against Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine. Mladenovic reached the third round behind a strong effort in which she broke Pliskova's serve four times in a 75-minute match. "I just came on court strong, ready
Retirement rumors began to spread when Roger Federer, fresh off winning his record 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last month, dropped two words — “if not” — during his acceptance speech. “I hope to see you next year, but if not, this was a wonderful run here and I can’t be more happy to have won tonight,” he told the adoring crowd in Melbourne. The tennis world attempted to read between the lines and some wondered if this was the curtain call for the 35-year-old father of four who was sidelined last year with knee problems. But on Monday, it was revealed that Federer has signed a new three-year deal with the Swiss Indoors Basel, ensuring that he will at least compete until 2019.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French veteran Nicolas Mahut beat German teen Alexander Zverev 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) to reach the second round of the Open 13 on Tuesday.The 35-year-old Mahut withstood 10 aces from the 19-year-old Zverev, seeded fifth and considered