Aryna Sabalenka suffered a three-set defeat to Paula Badosa ©Getty Images

Highly-ranked pair Aryna Sabalenka and Elina Svitolina suffered early exits as Naomi Osaka came from a set and a break down to win on a jam-packed day of action at the Cincinnati Masters.

Belarus’ Sabalenka and Ukraine’s Svitolina, seeded third and fourth respectively, were among the big casualties in the second round after falling short in three-set battles.

Former world number one and three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber of Germany was the victor against Svitolina, triumphing 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Sabalenka was then upset by Spain’s Paula Badosa who produced a stirring fight back to win 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu and Poland’s Iga Świątek were also defeated, meaning four of the top seven seeds failed to make it into the round of 16.

Seventh seed Andreescu lost 6-4, 6-2 to Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchová before sixth seed Świątek went down 6-3, 6-3 to Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.

Romania’s Simona Halep, who has recently returned to action after three months out through injury, has been forced to pull out of the tournament in the United States.

The three-time Cincinnati runner-up was due to meet American Jessica Pegula but has withdrawn after scans revealed a small tear in her right adductor which she sustained during her win over Poland’s Magda Linette.

Naomi Osaka celebrates after beating Coco Gauff in a trick second-round battle ©Getty Images
Naomi Osaka celebrates after beating Coco Gauff in a trick second-round battle ©Getty Images

Australian Open finalist Jennifer Brady of the US retired injured during her clash with Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko.

Brady took the first set 7-6 (7-2) but was 5-4 down in the second when she withdrew.

Top seed Ashleigh Barty of Australia began her campaign with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) triumph against Britain’s Heather Watson in less than two hours.

Barty will next face world number 14 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus who beat US ace Alison Riske 6-2, 7-5.

Osaka was forced to dig deep to see off American teenager Coco Gauff with a comeback 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 success.

There were also straight set wins for Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann, Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova and Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina.

In the men’s event, top seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia looked in impressive form as he thumped Mackenzie McDonald of the US 6-2, 6-2.

Medvedev is on the crest of a wave after winning his fourth Association of Tennis Professionals Masters 1000 title in Toronto last week.

Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov is up next for Medvedev following his 6-3, 7-5 success against Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik.

Canadian Open champion Daniil Medvedev cruised to victory against Mackenzie McDonald ©Getty Images
Canadian Open champion Daniil Medvedev cruised to victory against Mackenzie McDonald ©Getty Images

Two-time champion Sir Andy Murray of Britain exited the tournament after losing 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.

Germany’s third seed Alexander Zverev ended his Cincinnati hoodoo with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over South Africa’s Lloyd Harris.

Zverev had lost his first six main draw matches at the event, but the recently-crowned Olympic champion proved too strong for Harris.

There was mixed success for two big serving Americans with John Isner beating Italian 11th seed Jannik Sinner 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 and Reilly Opelka losing 6-7 (5-7), 6-0, 7-6 (7-4).

Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Italy’s Matteo Berrettini who are among the top five seeds both emerged victories from tough three-set matches.

Rublev won 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 against Croatia’s Marin Cilic, while Berrettini overcame Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 7-5.

Frenchman Benoit Paire stunned sixth seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory.

Other winners included Argentinean duo Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman, Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego, France’s Gael Monfils, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.