Huge upset at Rogers Cup

Rogers Cup top seed Dinara Safina was upset by Aravane Rezai on Wednesday. (Sun Media/Stan Behal)

Rogers Cup top seed Dinara Safina was upset by Aravane Rezai on Wednesday. (Sun Media/Stan Behal)

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:14 PM ET

No. 1 ranked women's singles player Dinara Safina of Russia could not survive her first test as defending Rogers Cup champion.

She was bounced 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in second round action by No. 39 Aravane Rezai of France Wednesday at the Rexall Centre in Toronto.

Rezai was playing Safina for the second time in her career after a home clay loss at Roland Garros when all she could manage to steal was a game at the French Open's round of 16.

Safina seemed ready to storm back in the third set, down 3-2 and up 40-love, but the baseline tactics of the smaller Rezai eventually paid off. A clearly angry Safina slammed her raquet and only gave a half-hearted handshake at the end of the match.

Safina, who had a first-round bye, follows the tournament's No. 3 seed, Venus Williams to the sidelines after the latter's loss on Tuesday.

Two other high profile players were to follow at Centre Court, fellow Russian and tourney heart-throb Maria Sharapova against Australian Sybille Bammer and another star on the comeback trail, new mother Kim Clijsters playing Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

Serena Williams, the No. 2 seed at the Rogers, is waiting for an evening match against Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. The chance of a Williams sisters' final on Sunday was ruined when Venus was upset by Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko, though there is still the remote chance of siblings getting through to face each other Sunday after Kateryna's elder Alona hammered Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-1, 6-0 on Wednesday.


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