The players thrilled the crowd with an exciting rally in the fifth game of the second set, won by Williams with a forehand volley. But she double-faulted on the next point on the way to being broken.She briskly left the court after the match, waving to the crowd as she exited.
The 40-year-old Williams fell to 0-2 in matches since announcing "the countdown has begun" on her career, losing 6-4, 6-0 to U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu in the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday night.
Spain and Serbia also play Canada and South Korea in Valencia, one of four European cities hosting the group stage Sept. 13-18. The other cities are Bologna, Hamburg and Glasgow.
Medvedev was heckled by a fan after the Russian star lost a 6-7 6-4 6-2 thriller to the in-form Kyrgios in the second round at the Canadian Open.
During a qualifying match between Russian players Anna Kalinskaya and Anastasia Potapova on Sunday, one of the players reportedly complained to the WTA chair umpire Morgane Lara about the fan, according to reports.
Stars collide at Western & Southern Open in lead-up to US Open.
Halep won her ninth WTA 1000 event in Toronto, while Carreno Busta won his first in Montreal.
If Williams advances, she could face 2016 Cincinnati champion Karolina Pliskova in the second round.
Hubert Hurkacz of Poland defeated fourth-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
The 40-year-old Williams is preparing to walk away from tennis, saying she wants to have another child and pursue business interests.
The 15th-seeded Halep won the tournament in Montreal in 2016 and 2018.
Djokovic has said he won’t get vaccinated against the illness caused by the coronavirus, even if that prevents him from playing in certain tournaments.
Two-time champion Simona Halep beat Coco Gauff 6-4, 7-6 (2) to enter the semifinals.
In 2019, Andreescu won in Indian Wells and the Canadian Open at home before going on to lift her maiden Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows.
The World No. 2 has been away from competitive action since June when he picked up an injury in his right ankle during the Roland Garros semifinal against Rafael Nadal.
Kyrgios steamrolled compatriot Alex de Minaur 6-2 6-3 at the Canadian Masters on Thursday to notch his 15th win from 16 matches.
The Wimbledon finalist is gaining momentum ahead of the US Open, defeating top seed and defending champion Daniil Medvedev in three sets in the second round in Montreal.
The Spaniard could be the top seed in the final Major of the year if other results go his way next week in Cincinnati.
While there were some familiar fist pumps and yells of "Come on!" in her second-round match in Toronto, it was only afterward that the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion really allowed her feelings to show.
Medvedev has now lost three out of his four meetings against the temperamental Australian, and the Russian said the latest defeat was down to his failure to execute at the key moments
Federer is still undergoing rehab after undergoing knee surgery while Wimbledon champion Djokovic is unable to compete in the North American tournaments due to his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Toronto-born Raducanu conceded a tight first set to Camila Giorgi but looked on course to level up the contest when she took a 2-0 lead in the second.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't want that record. Obviously I do. But day-to-day, I'm really not thinking about her. If I'm in a Slam final, then yes, I'm thinking about that record. Maybe I thought about it too much, and that didn't help," Serena said.
Little did Zizou know that 5 years on from that press conference, Roger Federer would actually keep his word to him.
In a magazine article, Williams all but announced that she will be retiring very soon but she did not provide a specific date.