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.
Tag Heuer signs deal with Kei Nishikori World No. 18 and rising Japanese star Kei Nishikori has signed a brand ambassador deal with TAG Heuer, the prestigious Swiss watch brand established in 1860. The former Junior French Open Doubles champion announced his decision to become a part of the TAG Heuer family during a press conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. Nishikori joins Maria Sharapova, Leonardo DiCaprio and Leonard Hamilton as ambassadors to the organization. Other current sponsors of Nishikori are Wilson, adidas (shoes only), CupNoodle, Weider, UniQlo, WOWOW and EA Sports. Nishikori began his 2012 season by reaching the Australian Open quarterfinals, the furthest round a Japanese male player has ever reached in a Grand Slam event since 1968. World TeamTennis Marquee Player Draft includes six current or former world No. 1s from U.S.