TORONTO – World number one Ash Barty's preparations for the U.S. Open got off to a rocky start as the Australian suffered a shock 6-7(5) 6-3 6-4 loss to American Sofia Kenin in the second round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.
French Open champion Barty, playing for the first time since falling in the last 16 at Wimbledon, was far from her best and Kenin took full advantage, recording her first victory in four meetings with the Australian.
“I wasn't able to adapt quickly enough, or well enough, to play a match of the standard that I expect myself to play and I want myself to play,” said Barty.
“And Sofia served today in the big moments. She served particularly well and got a lot of free points.”
World number 29 Kenin failed to serve out the opening set at 5-4 but did not let that setback derail her, remaining poised the rest of the way even as Barty nearly rallied back from big deficits in the second and third sets.