Australia's Bernard Tomic booked his place in the second round of the 2016 Brisbane International on Tuesday with a clinical win over France's Nicolas Mahut.
There was no such luck for Brisbane-born Sam Stosur in the women's draw, as she lost out to sixth seed Carla Suarez Navarro despite a spirited second-set fightback.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova pulled out of the competition with an arm injury just hours before her first-round match against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
Per Allan Valente of Sky Sports, world No. 2 Simona Halep also withdrew ahead of her second-round match against Victoria Azarenka—having received a bye through the first round—and the Belarusian will now face Ysaline Bonaventure instead on Wednesday.
Makarova subsequently won her first-round match against Sharapova's replacement, Margarita Gasparyan, and men's seeds David Goffin and Dominic Thiem both booked their places in the second round alongside Tomic.
Here are all of the results from Tuesday, the latest schedule and a roundup of the day's action:
|2016 Brisbane International: Tuesday's Results|
|Round 1||Viktor Troicki bt. Steve Johnson||7-6(3), 6-1|
|Round 1||(8) Dominic Thiem bt. James Duckworth||3-6, 6-4, 6-3|
|Round 1||(6) David Goffin bt. Thomaz Bellucci||6-4, 6-4|
|Round 1||Lucas Pouille bt. Yoshihito Nishioka||4-6, 6-3, 7-5|
|Round 1||Ivan Dodig bt. Oliver Anderson||6-3, 6-2|
|Round 1||Radek Stepanek bt. Dusan Lajovic||6-0, 6-3|
|Round 1||Mikhail Kukushkin bt. Denis Istomin||6-2, 7-5|
|Round 1||(7) Bernard Tomic bt. Nicolas Mahut||6-4, 6-3|
|Round 2||(8) Roberta Vinci bt. Dominika Cibulkova||6-1, 6-1|
|Round 2||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova bt. Alize Cornet||6-2, 1-6, 6-4|
|Round 1||Ekaterina Makarova bt. Margarita Gasparyan||6-4, 2-6, 6-3|
|Round 2||(6) Carla Suarez Navarro bt. Sam Stosur||6-1, 6-7(3), 6-4|
Full draw and schedule available at Brisbane International website.
The Australian Open—which begins on Jan. 18—relayed Sharapova's comments over why she chose to withdraw from Brisbane:
Australian Open @AustralianOpen
.@MariaSharapova “I hurt my forearm in practice & need to withdraw (from @BrisbaneTennis) w/#AusOpen starting soon,” https://t.co/PxF2t6W43W1/5/2016, 8:46:52 AM
Makarova took the change of opponent in stride and saw off Gasparyan in three sets, responding well to being pegged back from one set up to take the decider 6-3.
Stosur almost produced a magnificent comeback in front of her home crowd, but Suarez Navarro turned a wave of momentum back in her direction to seal a spot in the quarter-finals.
At a set and 4-1 down, Stosur looked to be crashing out in routine fashion, but the 31-year-old rallied impressively to force a tiebreak, which she duly won 7-3 to force a decider.
It was a hugely impressive effort from the home favourite, per the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:
Ben Rothenberg @BenRothenberg
Sam Stosur with one helluva second set comeback. Down 0-3 and 1-4, rallied to push Suarez Navarro to a tiebreak. Wins it. Going 3 in BNE.1/5/2016, 10:38:21 AM
However, Spain's Suarez Navarro kept her cool and claimed the vital single break in the final set—while offering up no opportunities on her own serve—to see out the match.
Italy's eighth seed, Roberta Vinci, also booked her place in the last eight with an easy 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dominika Cibulkova, and Alize Cornet lost in three sets to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Tomic had a tough opener against Mahut but came through in impressive fashion, winning in straight sets in one hour and 10 minutes.
The seventh seed responded well to going a break down in the opener to eventually win it 6-4 at the Pat Rafter Arena.
After early holds from both men in the second, Tomic then got the key break and shut out the contest well to book a place in the second round.
World No. 22 Viktor Troicki faltered slightly against America's Steve Johnson in his opening set, but having scrambled to win a tiebreak, he whipped through the second to take his spot in the next round.
Goffin's victory over Thomaz Bellucci saw the Belgian produce some smart tennis, while Thiem was made to work hard against Aussie James Duckworth after the Austrian lost the first set.
Mikhail Kukushkin produced an impressive performance to topple Denis Istomin in their first-round encounter, and the Kazakh will meet second seed Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.
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