Ashleigh Barty lost 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 to American Sofia Kenin in second-round play at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday (Aug 6), putting the Australian’s No. 1 ranking in peril.
World number one Ashleigh Barty lost to American Sofia Kenin in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. The French Open champion was beaten 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-4 in one hour 56 minutes in her first match since a fourth-round defeat by Alison Riske at Wimbledon.
The Australian, 23, forced a first set tie-break from 5-3 down but Kenin took the second with three breaks of serve. World number 29 Kenin then broke twice to race 4-1 ahead in the deciding set before seeing out a surprise victory.
The 20-year-old will play either Dayana Yastremska - who beat British number one Johanna Konta on Monday - or Victoria Azarenka in the third round.
Also on Tuesday, Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Venus Williams 6-4 6-2 to set up a second round match against Anett Kontaveit.
Estonian Kontaveit, seeded 19th, recovered from a set down to beat Russia's Maria Sharapova 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Meanwhile, Sharapova's 22-year-old compatriot Daria Kasatkina overcame German world number 13 Angelique Kerber to reach the second round, winning 0-6 6-2 6-4.
Japan's world number two Naomi Osaka, chasing Barty's world number one ranking in Toronto, plays German Tatjana Maria on Wednesday.
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