Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova both lost their opening matches at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday. Plikova fell 6-2, 6-4 to Kristina Mladenovic, while Cibulkova lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round after both had received byes. Top-seeded Angelique Kerber, who would return to the No. 1 ranking if she wins the Dubai title, won her opening match 6-4, 6-3 against fellow German Mona Barthel.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — No. 1 seed Milos Raonic opened with an easy win Tuesday in his first appearance at the Delray Beach Open. Raonic, the fourth-ranked player in the world, defeated American qualifier Tim Smyczek 6-1, 6-4. The 26-year-old Canadian advanced to a second-round match against 59th-ranked Borna Coric of Croatia, who beat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-2, 6-3. No. 3 seed Jack Sock defeated Radu Albot 6-4, 7-6. Sock, the 21st-ranked player in the world and top American, was challenged by his opponent from Moldova. Albot was up 2-1 in the tiebreaker before Sock won six straight points, finishing the match with a strong forehand down the line. Sock plays next against 99th-ranked
In our new fortnightly series, we look at the players causing a storm on the circuit and those who have been blown away with a rundown of the top 20 world rankings in the men and women's game. The American was once the heir to Andy Roddick’s throne when he burst onto the scene in the mid noughties. It’s hard to process that Harrison is still only 24 having spent a decade on the circuit in the spotlight.