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Nadal, Pliskova roll while Venus upset

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MASON, Ohio (AP) Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova - the No. 1 seeds in the Western & Southern Open - advanced with straight-set wins Wednesday, while the rest of their brackets suffered more top losses.

Nadal sat out an hour-long rain delay and beat Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday night, finishing it off with two of his eight aces.

Pliskova needed only 67 minutes to get a 6-2, 6-3 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva, a solid showing as the defending champion. She'd never faced the Russian and wasn't sure what to expect.

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2017 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Murray 7,750
2 R. Nadal 7,555
3 R. Federer 7,145
4 S. Wawrinka 5,780
5 N. Djokovic 5,325
6 M. Cilic 5,155
7 A. Zverev 4,470
8 D. Thiem 4,030
9 K. Nishikori 3,285
10 M. Raonic 3,230
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2017 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 K. Pliskova 6,940
2 S. Halep 6,150
3 A. Kerber 5,730
4 E. Svitolina 5,650
5 C. Wozniacki 5,340
6 G. Muguruza 5,310
7 J. Konta 4,665
8 S. Kuznetsova 4,410
9 V. Williams 4,157
10 A. Radwanska 3,985
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