Barty dispatches Venus from Cincinatti Open


August 17, 2017
Venus Williams returns to Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, during the middle rounds at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio yesterday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

MASON, Ohio (AP):

Venus Williams' resurgent summer hit a bump yesterday when she was knocked out of the Western & Southern Open by a qualifier in the second round.

Ashleigh Barty rallied for a 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 upset on a humid afternoon that played to her advantage. Barty, ranked Number 48 on the ATP tour, had never beaten a Top 10 player - going 0-6 - before knocking off the ninth-ranked Williams.

Several more upsets further depleted the brackets on Wednesday. Numerous top players have pulled out because of injury, leaving the tournament wide open.

Number 3 Angelique Kerber lost to Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (11), with the Russian converting on her eighth match point to end a two-hour, 39-minute match. Makarova also upset Kerber at Roland Garros this season.

On the men's side, wild card Frances Tiafoe broke through against Number 4 Alexander Zverev, who was coming off his second ATP Masters title in Montreal. The 19-year-old American hadn't taken a set in his two career matches against Zverev, but rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory that ended Zverev's streak of 10 straight match wins.

The men's bracket is without Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and defending champion Marin Cilic because of injuries. The women's bracket is missing Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova.

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