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Toronto — The Western and Southern Open lost its top two women’s seeds on Sunday with No 1 Karolina Pliskova and No 2 Sofia Kenin crashing out of the US Open tune-up.

Czech Pliskova, who had a first-round bye, slammed down 11 aces but also committed nine double faults in a 7-5 6-4 defeat to Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova.

Australian Open champion Kenin also struggled to get going after the Covid-19 layoff, losing 6-1 7-6(7) to France’s Alize Cornet, who beat US wild card Catherine McNally 6-0 6-4 in the opening round, and who dropped just 10 points in the first set.

“It didn’t feel like I had any rhythm,” said Kenin. “I don’t know why I let that happen. I couldn’t feel the ball, like two sets. I don’t even know how I came back, to be honest. It was really frustrating.”

Marketa Vondrousova continued her run of poor form as the Czech 10th seed lost 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4 to German qualifier Laura Siegemund in a first-round clash. The 2019 French Open finalist Vondrousova, who also made a first-round exit at the WTA Tour’s restart in Palermo, was up a break 4-2 in the third and looking set for victory until Siegemund swept the last four games.

Estonian 12th seed Anett Konaveit, coming off a runner-up finish in Palermo, moved into the second round with a 6-3 6-1 win over Russian lucky loser Daria Kasatkina, while 14th seed Elise Mertens of Belgium thumped Swede Rebecca Peterson 6-0 6-2.

In the men’s draw, Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas eased to a 6-1 6-3 second-round win over SA’s Kevin Anderson while seventh seed David Goffin sailed past Croatia’s Borna Coric 7-6(6) 6-4 into the third round.

Ninth seed Diego Schwartzman was a 7-6(2) 6-3 first-round winner over Norway’s Casper Rudd while 11th seeded Russian Karen Khachanov topped Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 6-4 6-4.

Bulgarian 14th seed Grigor Dimitrov disposed of Frenchman Ugo Humbert 6-3 6-4.

Reuters

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