DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova and third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova both lost their opening matches at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.
Plikova fell 6-2, 6-4 to Kristina Mladenovic, while Cibulkova lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to Ekaterina Makarova in the second round after both had received byes.
The 37th-ranked Makarova had lost her first three encounters against Cibulkova before she upset her in the third round of the Australian Open last month.
“I never beat her before (Australia),” Makarova said. “So this match, when I was coming out and I kind of more believing that I can win, and I knew what to do, how to play, where to go.”
Cibulkova took an early 2-0 lead in the decisive third set, but lost the last six games of the match.
Monica Puig, the reigning Olympic champion who reached the semifinal in Doha last week, upset 15th-seeded Caroline Garcia 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.
French Open champion Garbine Muguruza retired with a left Achilles injury when she was trailing 4-1 to Kateryna Bondarenko.
“Because of the rain (in Doha), a lot of people played two matches (in one day), including me,” she said. “I remember that as soon as I went, after the match, to my room, I started to have a pain in my left Achilles.”
Elena Vesnina for 1 hour 18 minutes beat Misaki Doi Japanese girl with a score of 6: 2, 7: 5.
Elena in the second round against the winner of the match will play Samantha Stosur – Ana groom. Rival Makarova will be one of the pair of Lauren Davis – Christina pliskova.
• Elena Vesnina took 16th place in the WTA rankings (2455 points).
• Ekaterina Makarova is located on the 37-th line (1 377).