CoCo Goes Nuts, Venus Loses Amidst Day 1 Upsets at Australian Open

CoCo Goes Nuts, Venus Loses Amidst Day 1 Upsets at Australian Open

CoCo Goes Nuts, Venus Loses Amidst Day 1 Upsets at Australian Open

Last year's finalist Venus Williams is out of the Australian Open, beaten 6-3, 7-5 by Belinda Bencic at Rod Laver Arena. She struck first to get ahead at 4-3 after pouncing on a brief letdown by Venus that gave her looks at a few second serves. "I've lost to John the last two times and he's so tough to beat but I got vast positivity from the crowd and I feel great and full of energy".

"Even now, I think it's incredible he's giving me advice, trying to give me tips, help me, like, looking how I'm doing".

Stephens' tennis roller coaster has been one of the wildest rides imaginable of late. During points she looked fluid, but watching Williams walking gingerly around the court between points was hard to watch.

She revealed she had been bedridden with flu for four days after slumping to Hungary's Timea Babos 7-6 (7/4), 6-2.

The 2009 champion's bid for a second Australian Open title and 17th Grand Slam win will continue with a step up in class against 52nd-ranked Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who gave him a four-set test in the US Open second round on the way to winning the trophy. "It's the best thing that ever happened to me".

Bencic, who lost to Serena in straights sets at the same stage past year, said when she saw the draw she was prepared for another tough opener. "After the injury and the tough times it's really an awesome feeling", she said. "That's why I won today". "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".

"No one cares about my life".

"I came out a little bit slow in the first couple games of the second, but I got it back. I really hope to be ready".

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Four other American women also lost early on Monday: the youngsters CiCi Bellis, Taylor Townsend and Sofia Kenin, as well as the veteran Alison Riske.

It always shaped up as a tough opener for Stephens, who hasn't won a tour-level match since her Grand Slam breakthrough triumph at the U.S. Open previous year.

The defeat leaves the Williams family out of the second round of the for the first time since 1997, since Serena Williams, Venus' sister is not participating in the tournament.

The 29-year-old German ended the year with tournament wins at Moscow and Zhuhai, then began 2018 with a win over Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the ASB Classic at Auckland, New Zealand. "This is a new year". You only had to tune into the Open last year - or, indeed, the whole tennis year - to see Roger Federer, then 35, prove that yet again.

Venus Williams and US Open champion Sloane Stephens led a string of seeds sent tumbling out of the Australian Open Monday in a calamitous day for American players. "I would like to have played someone easier".

The American extended her sorry losing streak since winning at Flushing Meadows in September to seven matches against the 34th-ranked Chinese number two, a surprise quarterfinalist in Melbourne two years ago.

This season, Bencic started the year opting to play Hopman Cup for Switzerland alongside Roger Federer, leading her country to the title, and she carried all of that momentum into the clash against Venus.

Stephens was ruled out of this month's Brisbane International with a knee injury and lost in straight sets to Camila Giorgi in the first round in Sydney, hardly the best preparation for Melbourne.

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