Venus defeats Serena for first time since 2009
Venus beat Serena in a Williams-sisters semifinal at the Rogers Cup on Saturday in Montreal.
Venus prevailed 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 6-3 in the hardcourt match for her first victory over her sister since 2009 in Dubai.
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Top-ranked Serena, 32, leads the series 14-11 and had won in their previous five meetings. The 34-year-old Venus, ranked 26th, snapped Serena’s 14-match Rogers Cup winning streak, including matches played in Toronto.
Serena said, “I don’t think I played a great game today. Let’s just face it, I served well in the first set, but that was that.”
Venus will play Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in Sunday’s final. Radwanska beat Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (7-3).
Venus won the last of her 45 WTA Tour titles in Dubai in February. She uses medication, a vegan diet and rest to control Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease she was diagnosed with in 2011.
In the Rogers Cup men’s event in Toronto, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the final. He will play Swiss standout Roger Federer, who defeated Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
Ledecky sets record
Katie Ledecky, a 17-year-old from Bethesda, Md., set a world record in the 400-meter freestyle at the national championships in Irvine, Calif.
Ledecky won in 3 minutes, 58.86 seconds to surpass the mark of 3:59.15 set by Italy’s Federica Pellegrini in 2009.
Meanwhile, Michael Phelps — winner of a record 18 Olympic gold medals — was sixth in the 100 backstroke won by Olympic champion Matt Grevers in 52.75 seconds.
Cody Miller of Las Vegas won the 100 breaststroke in 59.91 and B.J. Johnson of Seattle placed eighth.
Rose is out for season
Nebraska middle linebacker Michael Rose will have knee surgery this week and miss the season.
Rose, who was hurt in a noncontact drill Friday, was the third key member of the defense in three days to be ruled out for the season. The others were nickel back Charles Jackson (knee) and safety LeRoy Alexander (suspended).
Rose set a Cornhuskers record for a freshman by making 66 tackles last season.
• Russian middleweight Dmitry Chudinov successfully defended his WBA interim title, stopping Mehdi Bouadla of France in three rounds.
In front of a strongly nationalist crowd at a motorbike festival in the Russian-speaking Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in March, Chudinov (14-0-2) knocked down Bouadla (30-6) in every round before the referee stopped the bout.
• Seek Again ($6.70 to win) edged Grand Arch by a neck to take the Grade II Fourstardave Handicap, a $500,000 race at Saratoga in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Seek Again, a 4-year-old colt trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Joel Rosario, ran a mile in 1 minute, 33.25 seconds, a record for the inner turf course.
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