American Venus Williams, former world No. 1 but now only 56th, lost her first appearance at the WTA tournament in Toronto, defeated by Spain's Carla Suarez 6-4, 6-2 in straight sets (26th), Tuesday.
Venus Williams, 39, has not won in a women's tournament since 2016 and her 49th and last victory (in Kaohsiung, Taiwan).
Winner of seven Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon (5) and the US Open (2), Venus Williams was mostly betrayed by his service against Suarez. With five double faults and only 51% of first ball (a double-foul and 60% first ball for her opponent), she mostly sank on her second balls with only 23% converted into points, against 48% in the Spanish .
While Venus Williams was slightly better than Suarez in return for service (29 versus 28%), this was not enough to make up for his service deficit. But she fought well before bowing after 1 hour 18 minutes of trade saving including 58% of breaks against her.
In Toronto, which she played for the first time in 1995, Venus Williams has a very negative record with only two games won against seven lost.
For her part, Carla Suarez beat Venus Williams for the first time since 2015 in Miami, and is no longer led by the American only 7-4 in their face-to-face.
In the next round, the Spanish will be opposed to the Estonian Anett Kontaveit who eliminated Monday an old crowned head, the Russian Maria Sharapova …