Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a volley from Denisa Allertova during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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).

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