Briefs: LSU soccer players help New Zealand win; Novak Djokovic falls in Canada _lowres

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, looks down while playing against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France, in a men's third round match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament action in Toronto Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

LSU left back Megan Lee and Class of 2014 goalkeeper recruit Lily Alfeld led New Zealand’s defensive effort in a 2-0 victory over Paraguay on Wednesday night at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Canada.

Lee started and played 74 minutes at left back and Alfeld stopped all four of Paraguay’s shots on target.

New Zealand is tied with France for the Group D lead with three points apiece.

Meanwhile, Canada fell short in a 1-0 defeat to Ghana in its opening match in Group A.

LSU midfielder Emma Fletcher earned a start for Canada and played 52 minutes before coming off in the second half.

Djokovic upset by Tsonga at Rogers Cup

TORONTO — Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday in the Rogers Cup, falling 6-2, 6-2 in only 63 minutes in the third round.

Djokovic came in with 11 straight wins over Tsonga but was nowhere near adding a 12th.

Tsonga’s serve gave Djokovic plenty of trouble. The Frenchman had only eight aces, but Djokovic continually struggled to keep his returns in play.

Second-seeded Roger Federer faced Marin Cilic in the late match.

Fifth-seeded David Ferrer also was pushed to three sets in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ivan Dodig.

Ferrer will face the Federer-Cilic winner.

Serena Williams advances at Montreal

MONTREAL — Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals Thursday, waiting out a brief rain delay to beat Czech left-hander Lucie Safarova 7-5, 6-4.

The top-ranked Williams returned to play last week in Stanford, California, and won her tour-best fourth title of the season. The event was her first since she withdrew from a doubles match at Wimbledon because of equilibrium problems.

Williams has won the Rogers Cup three times when it is held on alternate years in Toronto, including last year, but she had not played in Montreal since she retired from the final with an injury in 2000. In the quarterfinals Friday, Williams will play Caroline Wozniacki, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over American qualifier Shelby Rogers.

Ledecky beats Franklin in 200 freestyle

IRVINE, Calif. — Katie Ledecky beat defending champion Missy Franklin to win the 200-meter freestyle in a showdown of teen swimming queens at the U.S. national championships on Thursday night.

Ledecky led the last 150 meters and touched in a career-best 1 minute, 55.16 seconds — second-fastest in the world this year. She won the 800 free on opening night, and owns world records in the 800 and 1,500 freestyles.

Franklin was second in 1:56.40, and Leah Smith finished third in 1:57.57.

Compiled from news releases.