Asahi Beer signs deal with Kei Nishikori • The semifinals at the Dubai Championships are set. Karolina Pliskova beat Lucie Safarova 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 to advance to her second straight Premier semifinal and third of the year. She'll face Garbine Muguruza, who beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7, 6-3, 6-3. The other semifinal features top seed Simona Halep, who avenged her Australian Open loss to Ekaterina Makarova with a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 win. She'll play Caroline Wozniacki, who beat Flavia Pennetta 7-5. 6-0.
Delta Air Lines sponsors Kei Nishikori "As a professional tennis player, arriving at tournaments around the world in a relaxed and comfortable way is very important for my performance,” said Nishikori, who started playing tennis at age 5, and at 14 was selected to train at the IMG Bollettieri Academy.