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  • Williams loses at Rogers Cup in Toronto

  • TORONTO — Venus Williams lost in her first match in more than two months, falling 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 Tuesday to Kirsten Flipkens at the Rogers Cup
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  • TORONTO — Venus Williams lost in her first match in more than two months, falling 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 Tuesday to Kirsten Flipkens at the Rogers Cup
    Williams lost in the first round of the French Open on May 26. The 33-year-old Williams also missed Wimbledon, after 16 consecutive appearances, because of a lower back injury.
    Maria Kirilenko and Ana Ivanovic won in straight sets to advance to the second round. Kirilenko cruised past qualifier Petra Martic 6-2, 6-1, and Ivanovic defeated Su-Wei Hsieh 6-1, 6-2.
    In other matches, American qualifier Lauren Davis edged Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 7-5, 7-5; Dominika Cibulkova stopped Angelique Kerber 6-7 (0), 6-2, 7-5; Canada's Eugenie Bouchard beat Alisa Kleybanova 6-3, 6-1.
    Cibulkova needed nearly 3 hours to win the match.
    Bouchard, a 19-year-old from Montreal, mixed up her effective ground strokes with some slick cut shots that left her Russian opponent stymied. There were more service breaks than holds early in the 79-minute match, which forced the Canadian to adjust her style.
    Rogers Cup Montreal
    At Montreal, next week, for the first time in 40 years of ATP rankings, there will be no American men in the top 20.
    That's because John Isner, who is 20th this week, is assured of dropping lower after losing Tuesday in the first round of the Rogers Cup to Vasek Pospisil of Canada 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4).
    Isner was a semifinalist at the hard-court tournament last year and failed to defend those points.
    Next up for Pospisil will be a match against 51st-ranked Radek Stepanek, who beat 12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
    Three other Canadians advanced, too: Milos Raonic, Filip Peliwo and Frank Dancevic.
    In the featured night match, the 13th-seeded Raonic used his booming serve to beat France's Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the first round. Raonic's next match is against Mikhail Youzhny.
    Peliwo will face 66th-ranked Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the second round today.
    Dancevic defeated Yen-hsun Lu 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1 and next plays Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz, who beat Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
    Rafael Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who hasn't played since a first-round loss at Wimbledon, teamed with Pablo Andujar to fight off two match points and beat David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (2), 6-4, 12-10 in doubles. In other singles matches, 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini beat Marcos Baghdatis 1-6, 6-1, 6-1, Alex Bogolomov got past Michael Llodra 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, and Youzhny defeated Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 7-6 (3). No. 9 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the second round.
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