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Venus Williams knocked out by Belinda Bencic

16 January 2018

Williams, who lost in the final to sister Serena a year ago, was stunned by Swiss star Belinda Bencic, fresh from winning the Hopman Cup with Roger Federer.

Vandeweghe, a semi-finalist here and at the US Open a year ago, was handed two code violations during her defeat, the first of them after an argument with the umpire over a lack of bananas on court.

Although Williams fared better in the second, the in-form Swiss hitter outworked the American and sealed the victory 7-5, after breaking serve in the final game. It reflected in the numbers too as she collected 32 winners and 12 unforced errors. Also, you know, she beat me four times before, so I was really happy, took my chance this time.

In her first match at the Australian Open since a Williams sister was guaranteed to win the title, Venus Williams lost in the first round to Belinda Bencic and ensured it can not happen in 2018.

"She just played above and beyond", Williams said.

"I think it was a huge opportunity and I used it, so I was very relieved after the match point".

"I'm not going to get too down", said Stephens after her 2-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-2 defeat.

It means for the first time since 1997 there will be no Williams sister in the second round at Melbourne Park after Serena pulled out following the birth of her daughter. "This is a new year". "It's nice that it's going, but I'm just focusing from one round to the other and trying to put my performance there and trying to improve with every match I'm playing". Bencic defeats the American in straight sets, winning 6-3 7-5. I'm just having fun. However, the time lost did not hurt Bencic's confidence who hit the ball early, hit incredible angles from her forehand and most importantly, didn't allow Venus to get into the contest with her big serve. "I did the best that I could". With AP Photos.Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens were upset early and the bleak opening day for Americans continued at the Australian Open on Monday with the women going 0 for 8 by mid-afternoon and the two highest-ranked US men joining them as first-round casualties. You know, it's a long journey.

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Stephens didn't play last year's Australian Open because of a left foot injury that kept her out of action until Wimbledon.

"This is, like, a new year", Williams, who was seeking to become the oldest grand slam victor in tennis history, told reporters.

It was a stunning turn-around from last year's US Open when the host nation provided all four women's semi-finalists - Stephens, Madison Keys, Venus Williams and Vandeweghe - the first time that had happened in 36 years.

Even though her length and athleticism makes her unsafe every time she takes the court, we don't know what kind of toll Sjogren's Syndrome - the autoimmune disorder she was diagnosed with in 2011 - has taken on her body. "I would like to have played someone easier", Belinda admitted.

And clearly, so did No. 10 seed and No. 13 seed, who both lost Monday (all three played in last year's US Open semifinals).

Ryan Harrison was among the men advancing, beating Dudi Sela in five sets, along with No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 23 Gilles Muller and No. 31 Pablo Cuevas.

"I feel great", said Ebden. But coming away empty-handed with Serena absent in the last four majors is an indicator that Venus is no longer playing at her previous level of dominance.

Venus Williams knocked out by Belinda Bencic