Friday, July 29, 2016

Venus, runner-up at Stanford, ousted in Montreal

No. 6 seed Venus Williams, shown last week at the Bank
of the West Classic at Stanford, lost to No. 10 Madison
Keys on Thursday in Montreal. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Four days after losing to Johanna Konta of Great Britain in the final of the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, Venus Williams suffered a minor upset in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
   In a clash of U.S. generations, No. 10 seed Madison Keys ousted No. 6 Williams 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3 on Thursday. Keys, 21, evened her career record against Williams, 36, at 2-2.
   No. 15 Konta dismissed lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko, a U.S. citizen from Uzbekistan, 6-3, 6-2.
   With one more victory each, Konta and Keys will meet in the semifinals. Konta, 25, will play qualifier Kristina Kucova of Slovakia, and Keys will face No. 16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia.
   Both Kucova and Pavlyuchenkova upset former Wimbledon runners-up. Kucova surprised hometown favorite Eugenie Bouchard 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Pavlyuchenkova, who played for the now-defunct Sacramento Capitals of World TeamTennis 10 years ago at age 15, knocked off No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1.

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