Break Points: Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber Steal the Show

Notable Upsets:

  • Toronto R3: [13]Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. [1] Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-2
  • Toronto R3: Kevin Andreson d. Stan Wawrinka 7-6 7-5
  • Toronto R3: Feliciano Lopez d. [4] Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-3 6-4
  • Toronto QF: [13] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. [8] Andy Murray 7-6 4-6 6-4
  • Montreal R3: [4] Carla Suarez Navarro d. [14] Maria Sharapova 6-2 4-6 6-2
  • Montreal R3: Ekaterina Makarova d. [2] Petra Kvitova 6-4 1-6 6-2
  • Montreal R3: Venus Williams d. [6] Angelique Kerber 6-3 3-6 6-4
  • Montreal R3: Coco Vandeweghe d. Jelena Jankovic 7-6 2-6 7-5
  • Montreal QF: Venus Williams d. Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 6-2 6-3

News and Links:

If you missed the Venus Williams vs. Angelique Kerber match on Thursday night, do yourself a favor and find a replay. Or just read Steve Tignor’s great recap:

The match reached its peak of the intensity in the final game. Williams attacked and Kerber defended, as the two traded points back and forth. The best of them ended with a turn-back-the-clock stretch forehand volley winner from Venus that almost—almost—inspired a first-pump from her.

Foot Soldiers of Tennis has a good round-up of what is happening on the lower ranks of the ATP. Warning: It involves Wayne Odesnik.

We’re a bit late to this, but this profile of Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos, who will be the oldest man to make his main-draw debut the U.S. Open this month, is just great. Kudos, Ben Rothenberg.

Happy birthday to Federer.

If you haven’t kept up with The Changeover this week, definitely do check out this wonderful essay by Andrew Eccles on almost-champions, and Lindsay’s thoughts on the WTA event at the Citi Open.

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