Belinda Bencic upsets Venus Williams in first round at Australian Open

Bencic during the Hopman Cup in Perth

Bencic during the Hopman Cup in Perth

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

The 37-year-old American, who lost to sister Serena in the final last year, enjoyed great success on the Grand Slam stage in 2017 but the in-form Bencic underlined her credentials as a future world No 1 with a polished performance - securing a 6-3 7-5 victory in one hour and 53 minutes.

Monday marked the first day of the mega first grand slam event of the year.

"I didn't play so bad, I wasn't missing every shot".

The following year she made her breakthrough on the WTA tour, reaching the quarter-finals of the US Open, beating two top-10 players on the way. "So here I am, I tried my best".

The latest, a wrist injury that required surgery, kept her out for five months and when she returned in September she was ranked 312th. I don't have to make myself uncomfortable because it's ill prepared.

She said: "I really admire that before the match in the locker room he's so relaxed, being amusing with his team, or even with everyone".

"Even though I lost, I'm not too sad", Stephens said.

Venus Williams shows her dismay during her first round loss.

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Vandeweghe, a semi-finalist here and at the US Open previous year, 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. 'I don't think I played a bad match.

Bencic, who made her WTA Tour debut as a 14-year-old against Venus in Luxembourg in 2012, had never beaten the seven-time Grand Slam victor in four previous meetings. "Just didn't work out". I'm just having fun. That he's trying to give advice and help also someone like me.

CiCi Bellis, Sofia Kenin - who lost to No. 12 Julia Goerges, now on a 15-match winning streak - Alison Riske, Taylor Townsend and Jennifer Brady all lost before Nicole Gibbs beat Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-1 to end the streak of eight losses for the US women.

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.

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

A total 12 out of 15 American women and men in action lost on Day 1 at the Australian Open.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov opened with routine wins, as did second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and No. 4 Elina Svitolina on the women's side.

The 26-year-old entered this year's competition with a career-high ranking, but her Australian Open dream soon turned into a nightmare during an ill-tempered and contentious 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 loss to Hungary's Timea Babos.

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