Mark J. Terrill
March 12, 2016

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber dropped out of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday and two other top-seeded women also exited in the second round at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The second-seeded Kerber, from Germany, lost 7-5, 7-5 to Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic in the opening match of the day on the main stadium court. Fourth-seeded Angelique Garbine Muguruza of Spain dropped a 7-5, 6-1 decision to American Christina McHale, and sixth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain withdrew because of a right ankle injury.

Seventh-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland survived with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over U.S. wild-card Lauren Davis, and No. 9 Roberta Vinci of Italy held off Margarita Gasparyan of Russia, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (5).

It was a more far formful day for the men, with second-seeded Andy Murray of Scotland beating Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3), and No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 8 Richard Gasquet, No. 12 Milos Raonic and No. 13 Gail Monfils also advancing with straight-set wins.

Berdych, from the Czech Republic, beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-2; Gasquet topped fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-1; Raonic, a Canadian, was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Ingo Cervantes of Spain; and Monfils, from France, beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, 7-5, 7-6 (1).

You May Like