Venus Williams upsets defending Western & Southern Open champion No. 5 Kiki Bertens

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Caty McNally and Venus Williams opened Monday at the Western & Southern Open on Center Court
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MASON – There will be a new woman holding the Rookwood Cup this year at the Western & Southern Open after 39-year-old Venus Williams, the oldest woman in the field, knocked off defending champion Kiki Bertens, the No. 5 seed, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, Tuesday in the second round at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. 

“I just tried not to go too big, because I can go so big and I have a lot of power and it’s not always easy to control it. So I’m trying to play smart instead of going hog wild, which is extremely easy to do,” said Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner who’s making her seventh appearance (first since 2017) in Cincinnati. 

Williams got off to a great start in the third-set tiebreaker, leading Bertens 6-2 with five looks at match point. 

“At 6-2, I think I’m gonna win at that point,” said Williams….

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