Karolina Pliskova defeats Simona Halep as Maria Sharapova also exits Madrid Open

WTA Madrid Simona Halep dismantles Mertens. Kvitova and Pliskova reach R3

Karolina Pliskova defeats Simona Halep as Maria Sharapova also exits Madrid Open

McEnroe's 49-set winning streak on carpet in 1984 included him clinching the Madrid Indoor Open title and Nadal may well be about to follow suit.

There is no love lost between the pair, as Mladenovic has launched several scathing attacks on Sharapova - once calling her out for being rude and then again after her drugs ban, but on this occasion it was the Russian who had the last laugh.

The French player blasted Sharapova for her use of the banned substance meldonium while also criticising her off-court behaviour, describing her as "rude". "I'm really happy to be back here in Madrid - I think so far all the matches I've played here have been going very well". I think that was the biggest change from the previous matches when we played.

"Getting the 500th victory is an unbelievable number that I never even thought about, " said Verdasco, who became the 45th man in ATP Tour history to reach the milestone. "I have to just watch a little bit how I played a year ago and to do it again". Edmund, an unseeded Brit, defeated former No. 1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets on Wednesday. "They can hit the ball very strong, so it's a very good win for me".

Pliskova is now the highest-ranked women's player left in the tournament after earlier defeats for Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki and Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza.

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Home favourite Garbine Muguruza staged a comeback from a set and a break down to beat Donna Vekic 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 and reach the third round for the first time in her career.

But her winning streak in the Spanish capital ended at 15 matches as her 26-year-old opponent scored her first claycourt victory over Halep.

Coric was leading 5-2 in the second set when heavy rain interrupted play at Caja Magica, and after a 40 minute delay he returned to complete his 16th match win of the season.

The five-time Grand Slam champion had reached only the second quarter-final of the year but was unable to build on winning the opening set as the Dutch world No 20, a victor already on the clay in Charleston, held her nerve in the deciding set.

The two-time Grand Slam champion was in trouble when she dropped serve in the fifth game of the second set, but won 10 of the next 12 games to race to victory.

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In another second-round match, Petra Kvitova defeated Monica Puig 6-3, 7-6 (8) for her seventh straight win.

Whatever Pliskova determined to do differently, it worked as she was able to defend successfully, coming back from break to immediately break back.

Pliskova broke Halep's serve four times en route to 20 winners.

"But I served well, too".

'But also I look at these types of matches, I see a lot of things I should be better at, I should improve at.

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