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Williams, Stephens out as American women stumble at Australian Open

American women struggled at the first day of the Australian Open, with each Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens falling at the primary hurdle.

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Venus Williams exits the Australian Open

Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens crashed out as the American women suffered within the first around of the Australian Open.

The pageant will tackle a reasonably unfamiliar look from hereon in, with neither Venus nor Serena thru to the second one around after the previous – the 5th seed – was once overwhelmed via Belinda Bencic on Monday.

Stephens’ deficient run of sort persisted as she too misplaced, and CoCo Vandeweghe was once additionally a few of the collection of defeated US hopefuls at the first day.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki did arrange to ebook a spot within the subsequent around as she edged out Mihaela Buzarnescu on Margaret Court Arena.

The identical court docket had previous noticed extra Melbourne distress for Sam Stosur as she misplaced as soon as once more in entrance of a house crowd.

However, in Daria Gavrilova and Olivia Rogowska, there have been two Australians who made it safely thru, whilst 18th seed Ashleigh Barty will probably be in motion on Tuesday.



Bencic’s profitable run along Roger Federer at the Hopman Cup seemed to encourage her in opposition to Williams, the Swiss sending the 5th seed tumbling out within the first large surprise of the match.

Williams was once runner-up 12 months in the past in opposition to her sister Serena, however there will probably be no such run in 2018 as Bencic secured a 6-Three 7-Five victory.

Venus’ go out method neither Williams sister will probably be in the second one around at Melbourne Park for the primary time since 1997; the ultimate time that came about Martina Hingis had now not received a singles grand slam, golfer Tiger Woods was once but to win a significant and Rafael Nadal was once most effective 10!



Of the 9 Americans dumped out of the women’s draw, arguably the least unexpected was once the defeat of US Open champion Stephens, who has nonetheless now not received since her victory at Flushing Meadows.

Zhang Shuai was once her newest conqueror with a 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 victory, however Stephens was once now not too downhearted and is assured her sort will go back.

“It’s not tough times, eventually I’ll start [to win],” stated the 24-year-old. “I will beat somebody sooner or later.

“I can have the most productive Instagram image once I in spite of everything snap this dropping streak.”



Wozniacki is also a few of the favourites to triumph, however she confronted a difficult first-round opponent on Monday within the form of in-form Romanian Buzarnescu.

A finalist in Hobart ultimate week, Buzarnescu has surged as much as 44th on the earth ratings and produced flashes of brilliance on Margaret Court Arena.

However, the underdog’s unforced error rely was once a ways too prime, enabling Wozniacki to be successful 6-2 6-Three and earn a spot in the second one around with a point of convenience.



Another yr and extra Melbourne struggles for house favorite Stosur, the 2010 French Open finalist falling at the primary hurdle for the second one yr in a row.

In her 15 appearances at her house grand slam, Stosur has most effective been as a ways as the fourth around – in 2006 and 2010 – and that document confirmed no signal of making improvements to as she was once overwhelmed via Olympic champion Monica Puig.

“I simply combat on those exhausting courts a little bit,” she stated.

“I am not going to mention it is one specific factor, but when I may just play on an American exhausting court docket with other balls, then I would almost definitely be so much happier.

“[But] I don’t really think about it. I think everyone else makes a bigger deal about it than what I do personally. I’ll come back next year and do it all over again.”

Compatriot Gavrilova fared significantly better, regardless that, as she beat Irina Falconi 6-1 6-1.

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