Montreal's Francoise Abanda loses 2nd-round match in Cincinnati

Montreal's Francoise Abanda was beaten by Germany's Julia Goerges for the second time in three weeks, losing 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Cincinnati Open.

Top seeds Nadal, Pliskova both advance

Montreal's Francoise Abanda, pictured at last summer's Rogers Cup, says racism is a reason she doesn't get the same attention as white tennis players. (Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Montreal's Francoise Abanda is probably hoping for a new opponent in her next tournament.

The 20-year-old Abanda was beaten by Germany's Julia Goerges for the second time in three weeks, losing 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters.

After losing the first set, Abanda built a 3-0 lead in the second before the No. 37-ranked Goerges stormed back, breaking Abanda's serve three times to take the match.

Nadal advances

Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova — the No. 1 seeds at the tournament — advanced with straight-set wins on a day when other top players weren't so fortunate.

Nadal beat Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday night. Defending-champion Pliskova needed only 67 minutes to get a 6-2, 6-3 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

The rest of the day was highlighted by upsets.

Venus Williams' resurgent summer hit a bump when she was knocked out by a qualifier in the second round.

No. 3 Angelique Kerber lost to Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (11), with the Russian converting on her eighth match point.

On the men's side, wild card Frances Tiafoe broke through against No. 4 Alexander Zverev, who was coming off his second ATP Masters title in Montreal.

With files from The Associated Press

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