Angelique Kerber of Germany returns the ball to fellow German, Mona Barthel, during the Dubai Tennis Championships, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Former world number one Angelique Kerber survived as three of the top five seeds were bundled out of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.World number two Kerber is battling to recover the WTA top ranking she claimed last September when winning the US Open, only to see Serena Williams reclaim it with victory at last month's Australian Open.US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova, last week's Doha winner and the second seed, was dumped out in straight sets by France's Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-4 .Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2012 tournament winner, beat Belgian Elise Mertens 6-3, 6-2 to progress to the third round to help save some dignity for top five seeds.
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