Rogers Cup: Venus Williams dumped out in the first round to Kirsten Flipkens
Last Updated: August 7, 2013 8:55am
Venus Williams: Took the first set in style but was eventually beaten in three
Venus Williams has been dumped out of the first round of the Rogers Cup following a 6-0 4-6 6-2 loss to Kirsten Flipkens.
The American, playing her first match since the French Open, brushed aside the 13 seed in the first set by blanking the Belgian.
However, Flipkens hit back in the second before racing into a 5-0 lead in the third. Williams did now some fight, but eventually lost 6-2 in the deciding set.
The 24-year-old Slovakian landed the Citi Open title for a second year when she defeated Andrea Petkovic on Sunday.
"I wasn't expecting to play that well in the first set, so I think in the second I just didn't handle it well," Williams said. "Then I got down in the third. I didn't make the best choices out there all the time."
On Tuesday she began in Canada with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Romanian world number 254 Alexandra Dulgheru, setting up a clash with American Varvara Lepchenko in the second round.
Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, the former French Open and US Open champion, suffered a surprising 3-6 7-5 7-5 opening-round loss to American 19-year-old Lauren Davis.
The seeds in early action on the second day of the tournament all came through, with Russian number 11 Maria Kirilenko a sharp 6-2 6-1 winner against Croatian Petra Martic.
Serbians Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, 15th and 16th seeds respectively, took contrasting routes. Jankovic was a 7-6 (8/6) 4-6 6-3 winner against Georgian Anna Tatishvili, while Ivanovic beat Chinese Taipei's Hsieh Su-wei 6-1 6-2.
Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova became the first player to reach the third round, coming back from a set down to defeat eighth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-7 (0/7) 6-2 7-5.
In the day's other second-round contest, third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beat Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-3.