Barty upset at Rogers Cup, could lose number one ranking

TORONTO (AP) – Ashleigh Barty lost 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 to American Sofia Kenin in second-round play at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday, putting the Australian’s number one ranking in peril.

Current world number two Naomi Osaka of Japan would overtake Barty for the top ranking by winning her first match on Wednesday. The 21-year-old opens her Rogers Cup against Germany’s Tatjana Maria.

Americans Sloane Stephens, the number seven seed, and Venus Williams were also eliminated.

Stephens fell to Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-5. The 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 a five-match losing streak against the 56th-ranked Williams.

Donna Vekic, Alison Riske, Katerina Siniakova, Zhang Shuai, Iga Swiatek and Ekaterina Alexandrova also advanced to the second round with wins on Tuesday.

Also, teenager Bianca Andreescu defeated Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in an all-Canadian first-round matchup in her first match since aggravating a shoulder injury at the French Open in May.

Andreescu will face Daria Kasatkina in second round. Kasatkina advanced by upsetting number 12-seeded Angelique Kerber on Monday night.

Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, returns a shot to Sofia Kenin, of the US, during first round play at the Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament in Toronto. – AP