MONTREAL — Less than two weeks removed from playing in the Braidy Industries $60,000 Women’s Tennis Classic at the Ashland Tennis Center in Ashland, Ky., Caroline Dolehide took on seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.
Dolehide fell to Williams 7-5, 6-1 in the second round. The first set was back and forth — Williams winning it with a break of serve — before Williams pulled away in the second set.
“It’s never easy to play somebody you haven’t played before, and she definitely has a lot of talent,” Williams said. “She took advantage of it and I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before she’s able to play even better than today.”
Dolehide, who was the No. 1 seed and was forced to withdraw in her quarterfinal at the Braidy Industries Tennis Classic on July 28, earned a spot in the main draw of the US Open on Monday when a player withdrew due to an injury.