On a day of upsets at the Western and Southern Open, Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova advanced in straight sets.

By Associated Press
August 16, 2017

MASON, Ohio (AP) Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova—the No. 1 seeds in the Western & Southern Open—advanced with straight-set wins on a day when other top players weren't so fortunate.

Nadal beat Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday night after a slight delay due to rain. Defending-champion Pliskova needed only 67 minutes to get a 6-2, 6-3 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

The rest of the day was highlighted by upsets.

Venus Williams' resurgent summer hit a bump when she was knocked out by a qualifier in the second round.

No. 3 Angelique Kerber lost to Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (11), with the Russian converting on her eighth match point.

On the men's side, wild card Frances Tiafoe broke through against No. 4 Alexander Zverev, who was coming off his second ATP Masters title in Montreal.

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