Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, returns a shot at Sofia Kenin, of the United States, at this Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament Tuesday, August 6, 2019, in Toronto. (Mark Blinch / The Canada Press via AP)
Ashleigh Barty lost 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 to American Sofia Kenin in the 2nd round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday, placing the Australian’s at No. 1 on the peril.
Current world No. 2 Naomi Osaka of Japan beat Barty for No. 1 rank by winning its first match on Wednesday. The 21-year-old opened his Rogers Cup against Germany’s Tatjana Maria.
Americans Sloane Stephens, the No. 7 seed, and Venus Williams have been eliminated.
Stephens defeated Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-5. 39-year-old Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam champion, lost 6-4, 6-2 to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. Suarez Navarro ranked 26th in the world, snapped his fifth straight defeat against 56th-ranked Williams.
Donna Vekic, Alison Riske, Katerina Siniakova, Zhang Shuai, Iga Swiatek, and Ekaterina Alexandrova also advanced to the second round after winning on Tuesday.
Also, teenager Bianca Andreescu defeated Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in an all-first first round of Canada in her first matchup since a shoulder injury sustained in the French Open in May.
Andreescu will face Daria Kasatkina in the second round. Kasatkina advanced after defeating the No.12-seeded Angelique Kerber on Monday night.