Belinda Bencic stuns fifth seed Venus, Sloane loses

Belinda Bencic stuns fifth seed Venus, Sloane loses

VENUS WILLIAMS was the biggest name to fall as the Australian Open served up some early shocks.

Additional seeded winners were No. 12 Julia Goerges, No. 15 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who came from a set down to defeat the Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova, No. 22 Darya Kasatkina, No. 23 Daria Gavrilova, No. 30 Kiki Bertens who came from a set down to defeat American Catherine Bellis 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2, and No. 32 Anett Kontaveit. Stephens was also forced to withdraw from the Brisbane International because of a right knee injury.

She prepared for the year's first grand slam by teaming up with Federer to represent Switzerland at the Hopman Cup, with the pair going on to lift the trophy. "I don't think I played a bad match".

Sock, who capped a memorable 2017 by reaching the semi-finals on his debut at the ATP Finals in London, was beaten 6-1, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3 by Japan's Yuichi Sugita. "I did the best that I could".

Prior to her freefall in the rankings, Bencic had climbed to number 10 in the world.

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"Obviously, it wasn't my day.it wasn't some of the American women's day but I guess that it happens and that's tennis".

Bencic, who made her WTA Tour debut as a 14-year-old against Williams in Luxembourg in 2012, had never beaten the seven-time Grand Slam victor in four previous meetings.

Vandeweghe fought with umpire Fergus Murphy at the end of the first set after he called time and she remained in her chair to wait for a banana to be delivered.

"I don't think I played a bad match", she said."She just played above and beyond".

But the combustible American crashed out at the first hurdle on Monday, losing her temper and the first-round match to Hungarian Timea Babos 7-6 (7-4) 6-2. I'm just having fun. However, she was handed a defeat by sister Serena Williams who took the match by 6-4, 6-4. That he's trying to give advice and help also someone like me.

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After a day like this one, most American tennis fans will be hoping Serena Williams returns as soon as possible to save the day.

And Bencic had support from the whole Federer family here, with the defending champion offering his advice before the match and congratulating her afterwards while his parents were courtside in Bencic's player box.

The Spaniard made a fine start in his bid to win only his second ever Australian open wrapping up a dominant win in just over an hour and a half.

Pre-tournament favourites Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina both stormed to comprehensive first-round victories against Mihaela Buzarnescu and Ivana Jorovic respectively.

Seventh seed Jelena Ostapenko won a battle between current and former Roland Garros champions as the Latvian defeated Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone, 6-1, 6-4.

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