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« on: August 19, 2009, 07:13:08 AM »
Venus, Wozniak fall at Rogers Cup

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Venus Williams is 0-3 lifetime at the Canadian event. Venus Williams is 0-3 lifetime at the Canadian event. (Dave Donnelly/CBC Sports)Venus Williams of the United States was eliminated at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Tuesday, falling to Kateryna Bondarenko in her first match, while Aleksandra Wozniak, the lone Canadian left in the draw, was also defeated.

Bondarenko, who turned 22 last week, defeated Williams 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 at Rexall Stadium at York University.

I don't know what to say," said Bondarenko. "I just played my game."

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, has never won in three matches at the Canadian tournament.

"I was definitely expecting to play well, and to go very far in the tournament," said Williams. "I've got a lot of fans here, so it's disappointing."

Wozniak dropped her first-round match 6-4, 6-4 to Russia's Alisa Kleybanova in a sparsely attended afternoon match. The Blainville, Que., native, ranked 40th in the world, was broken three times in the first set and won only 52 per cent of her first-serve points.

Kleybanova, ranked 36th, broke Wozniak two more times in the second set on the way to the win.

No Canadian woman has won the Rogers Cup since Faye Urban beat fellow Canuck Vicki Berner in the 1969 final.

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia threatened to have another early exit on Tuesday, but regained her footing to prevail in three sets over Slovakian qualifer Magdalena Rybarikova.

Ivanovic won by scores of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2. The former French Open champion reeled off nine of the last 11 games to advance to the second round.

"I felt my movement, my shots, everything was working well, but I was trying to play a little too safe, I think," said Ivanovic. "She's a good player, and she was playing really aggressive and dominant."

Ivanovic, the 2006 Canadian Open champion, hasn't reached the quarter-finals in her last seven events, and has plummeted to 11th in the world after being atop the rankings following her June 2008 win in Paris.

She will next face the Czech Republic's Lucie Safarova, who advanced Tuesday with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) victory over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

Other winners on Tuesday included Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia, Israel's Shahar Peer, Zheng Jie of China and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.

Former Rogers Cup winner Kim Clijsters of Belgium, on the comeback trail after having a baby last year, will take on Germany's Elena Baltacha in the night session, with a matchup of top players Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia and Samantha Stosur of Australia.

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