Third seed Venus Williams has crashed out of the Rogers Cup, falling to qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko 1-6 7-5 6-4 in the second round.
Williams had a bye in the first round and easily won the first set against the Ukrainian world No.64. And even though Williams started the match so well, she somehow managed to produce 60 unforced errors (as I read over at Forty Deuce).
The winner of 41 singles titles had made a fine start to the hardcourt season by reaching the Bank of the West Classic final, which she lost to Marion Bartoli. Last week, she lost at the first hurdle in the form of Flavia Pennetta, and that defeat is also understandable. But this week at the Rogers Cup Williams has already become the biggest upset of the tournament. Not promising ahead of the US Open.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion has actually never won a match at the Rogers Cup, having had three attempts.