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Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko upsets Venus Williams at Rogers Cup

20. August 2009 by Admin 0 Comments

Kateryna Bondarenko

Venus Williams’s tuneup for the United States Open hit a surprising roadblock with a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 loss to 64th-ranked Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Williams, seeded third, was playing at the tournament for the first time since 1997, when she was 17. She has lost all three of her matches at the Rogers Cup.


"I was definitely expecting to play well and to go very far in the tournament," said Williams, who lost in the third round at Cincinnati a week ago. "I've got a lot of fans here, so it's disappointing."


Bondarenko will face either Agnes Szavay or Agnieska Radwanska. Here sister, Alona Bondarenko, is also a professional tennis player. Tonight, Alona faces Serena Williams. Also, Russians Maria Sharapova and Vera Zvonareva square off today as well.


"I don't know what to say," an elated Bondarenko said after the match. "I just played my game."