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SportVenus edges defending champion Bertens, Serena withdraws

12:30  14 august  2019
12:30  14 august  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Venus Williams advanced to the third round of the Western & Southern Open with a three-set victory over defending champion Kiki Bertens . Venus Williams, of the United States, celebrates after her win against Kiki Bertens , of the Netherlands, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in

Venus edges defending champion Bertens, Serena withdraws © Getty Images American great Venus Williams

Venus Williams edged defending champion Kiki Bertens in a second-round battle at the Western & Southern Open, while sister Serena withdrew on Tuesday.

Struggling to find her best form so far this year, Venus caused an upset by eliminating Bertens at the WTA Premier event in Cincinnati.

But Serena was unable to recover from her back injury in time to take her place at the tournament, withdrawing on a day that saw multiple upsets.

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VENUS ENDS BERTENS' TITLE DEFENCE

Venus claimed a thrilling 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) victory over Bertens, the Dutch fifth seed.

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Venus Williams claimed her second top-five win in the season by defeating defending champion Kiki Bertens in three sets in the second round at Cincinnati. Serena Williams is scheduled to play a night match in her first tournament since withdrawing from the Rogers Cup final in Toronto on Sunday due

The 23-times major winner and women’s titleholder gave birth to her first child last September and says she is not yet ready to compete.

The American improved to a 16-10 win-loss record this year as she looks to get on a run, having not yet reached a semi-final in 2019.

The draw has opened up for Venus, with Bertens one of five seeds to fall at the hard-court tournament.

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Serena retired during the Rogers Cup final on Sunday and the 23-time grand slam champion was unable to take her place in Cincinnati.

The two-time winner was due to face Zarina Diyas but withdrew before the match, with the Kazakh instead beating Jessica Pegula for the second time in three days with a 7-5 6-4 victory.

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K. Bertens . Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from the Internazionali BNL d’Italia ahead of her second-round clash with sister Venus Williams, the tournament announced today. Serena is a four-time champion in the Italian capital, and she owns more match wins here than any other active player

Venus Williams upsets defending champion Kiki Bertens to reach 3rd round in Ohio. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who won Cincinnati in 2013, reached the second round after 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic retired because of an injured left foot while trailing 6-4, 1-0.

Williams' fitness is a concern with the US Open less than two weeks away and the 37-year-old great looking to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 grand slam titles.

SEEDS STUNNED IN CINCY

Like Bertens, sixth seed Petra Kvitova bowed out in the second round, going down to Maria Sakkari 6-4 2-6 6-3.

There were also three seeded departures in the first round, with two-time runner-up Angelique Kerber among them.

Kerber suffered a 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 loss to Anett Kontaveit, who has now beaten the German in three of their four meetings.

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Former World No.1 Venus Williams claimed her second Top 5 win of the season by ousting defending champion and World No.5 Kiki Bertens in the second Each player had picked up one win -- Williams triumphing in Miami, and Bertens leveling the rivalry at Wimbledon -- and it was Williams who claimed

Venus Williams reached the third round of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) upset of defending champion Kiki Bertens on Tuesday. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who won Cincinnati in 2013, reached the second round after 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic retired during her clash with Victoria Azarenka when trailing 6-4 1-0, while Wang Qiang was beaten by Hsieh Su-wei 6-3 6-4.

The one seed to progress was Madison Keys, who sent down 13 aces in a 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory over 2017 champion Garbine Muguruza.

Donna Vekic, Daria Kasatkina and Sofia Kenin were also among the first-round winners.

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