Top seeds Daniil Medvedev and Karolina Pliskova won in straight sets at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday after several lower-seeded players were eliminated.
Medvedev defeated American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2, bringing his winning streak to eight matches at last month’s US Open Championship. Medvedev never suffered a break point against McDonald’s, which was broken three times.
“I’m really happy because usually I haven’t played well in Indian Wells and I’m not playing that well in practice,” Medvedev said. “I am really happy with my performance. That is the most important thing, no matter how I played before the tournament.”
Pliskova entered the third round in the combined ATP and WTA event with a 7–5, 6–2 victory over Magdalena Frech. Pliskova hit six aces, giving her the Tour-leading 387 this year, and converting five of her six break points.
2019 champion Bianca Andreescu played a late match.
Fifth seed Garbine Muguruza was the top seeded woman to lose.
Muguruza, who won in Chicago last week, lost 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to Ajla Tomljanovic. Tomljanovic had his first win in seven tries over a top-10 player this year. She was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in July.
Anna Kalinskaya defeated No. 28 Sarah Soribes Tormo 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 and Amanda Anisimova of America beat No. 30 Camilla Georgi 6-4, 6-1.
12 seeded Ons Jabur, who lost to Muguruza in the Chicago final, advanced to her travel-leading 45th match win of the year with a 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3 win over Anastasija Sevastova.
15th seed Coco Gauff beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-1 to beat 12 Aces with seven double faults.
18 Annette Kontaveit went back 6-3, 5-2 against Martina Trevison. Number 22 Danielle Collins advanced when Lauren Davis pulled back 6-1.
On the men’s side, No. 8 Hubert Herkaz, No. 11 Diego Schwartzman, No. 16 Reilly Opelka and No. 18 Daniel Evans won.
9 Denis Shapovalov was leading 3–0 when Vasek Pospisil retired. Tommy Paul defeated No. 28 Duasan Lajovic 6-3, 6-3 and Frances Tiafo defeated No. 32 Sebastian Korda 6-0, 6-4.