Australian Open 2018: Switzerland's Belinda Bencic upsets Venus Williams in first round

Australian Open first round preview Venus Williams vs Belinda Bencic

It was a flawless start from the world No. 1, who is playing the Australian Open for the first time without competing at a warmup tournament.

Even without Serena Williams, four American women reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open past year, but after Monday's collective stumbles, the only one of those four women still in the singles tournament here is Madison Keys, who will play her first-round match on Tuesday.

Venus Williams of the US v Belinda Bencic of Switzerland - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 15, 2018. She was defeated in Melbourne a year ago by her sister Serena Williams, who was two months pregnant at the time.

The Australian Open will be without a Williams sister in the second round for the first time since 1997 after Venus was sent packing by a Roger Federer-inspired Belinda Bencic Monday.

"I think I've improved everything", she said on her resurgence. "After the injury and the tough times it's really an unbelievable feeling", she said.

"I didn't play so bad, I wasn't missing every shot". Williams had 26 unforced errors and 22 winners.

More news: Congress to vote on surveillance bill

But at 6-5 in the final set Bencic seized her opportunity, watched from her players' box by Federer's parents.

Stephens came back from a long-term injury to record her US Open victory but has struggled since with form and fitness. For the first matches, I think I had a little bit too much respect, played a little bit careful and safe. "That feels great. I saw him after the match. he was very happy for me". Also gone: U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens (the 13th seed) and 10th-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe.

The world No. 78 was unfazed by taking on the seven-time Grand Slam champion at Melbourne Park and kept the American at arm's length throughout to storm into round two with a 6-3 7-5 success.

With defending champion Serena Williams absent following the birth of her first child, it is only the third time in 20 years that neither Williams sister has reached the second round at a Grand Slam. "I'm just going to enjoy that, see where it takes me". "It will be OK".

Also into the next round with a straight sets win was German 12th seed Julia Goerges, who won the lead-up Auckland Classic and is now on a 15-match unbeaten streak having ended 2017 with victories at Moscow and Zhuhai.

But Zhang would not lie down and gradually got herself on top, winning the second set on a tiebreak for the loss of only two points.

More news: Marriott website in China temporarily closed after questionnaire gaffe

American Ryan Harrison was among the men advancing, beating Dudi Sela in five sets to set up a match a gainst No. 10 Pablo CarreƱo Busta. Williams, however, resurged after a brief washroom break and broke Bencic's opening service game.

In the men's draw, Britain's Kyle Edmund got the better of 2017 US Open finalist, Kevin Anderson, in a grueling five-setter.

The Bulgarian third seed, a semi-finalist at Melbourne Park a year ago, barely got out of first gear as he displayed his considerable range of skills to oust his Austrian opponent in just 98 minutes on Rod Laver Arena. A ferocious backhand victor helped her get to match point on the Williams serve and she then secured a famous victory, with a little help from the Federer playbook.

Vandeweghe was leading in her first set before the rain delay on Hisense Arena, but sickness and irritation caught up with her. "It's a positive start with a good result".

"Last year was last year", Venus Williams said after her loss.

Last year's US Open final was an American dream featuring Serena and Venus Williams.

More news: Flesh-eating bacteria kills Texan woman who ate raw oysters

Other seeded players falling included No. 24 Dominika Cibulkova, the 2014 Australian Open finalist who lost to Kaia Kanepi, No. 25 Peng Shuai and No. 31 Ekaterina Makarova.

Related:

  • Speeding vehicle  goes airborne, crashes into second floor of California building

    Speeding vehicle goes airborne, crashes into second floor of California building

    Police say the driver was speeding and hit a center median before the auto became airborne and landed up in the office. Officials say that one person who was in the vehicle managed to get out while crews had to rescue the second person.
    It's not official, but sources say the secretive Zuma satellite was lost

    It's not official, but sources say the secretive Zuma satellite was lost

    According to the LA Times a spokesperson for Grumman declined to provide an explanation and said, "This is a classified mission". SpaceX is slated to demonstrate the maiden flight of Falcon Heavy, a larger and more powerful rocket, later this month.
    Carabao Cup Semi-Final, Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Carabao Cup Semi-Final, Chelsea vs Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger will continue to serve his touchline ban and is expected to revert to a full strength side for tonight's 1st leg. Blues boss, Antonio Conte , named a very strong team for the game, but they were unable to see off a patched-up Arsenal squad.
  • North American Car, Truck and Utility of the year revealed

    North American Car, Truck and Utility of the year revealed

    The North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit with the vehicles of the year announced Monday morning. It will go on sale early this year, Honda News reported .
    Local leaders react to Trump's offshore drilling plans

    Local leaders react to Trump's offshore drilling plans

    Brown has joined with her counterparts in California and Washington state to call the drilling plan "reckless and short-sighted". Trying not to be outdone by Scott , Nelson noted how he's fought drilling since the 1980s, when the east coast was targeted.

    Near term Outlook For Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOXA)

    There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $19. (NASDAQ:FOX). Moffett Nathanson downgraded the shares of FOXA in report on Monday, December 12 to "Neutral" rating.
  • China: FX reserves being diversified, U.S.  bond report may be fake

    China: FX reserves being diversified, U.S. bond report may be fake

    It returned an average of 2.5 per cent annually in the three years through January 9, better than 43 per cent of competitors. GDP that will stoke inflation, reduced purchases from global central banks, and higher budget deficits in the U.S.
    Johnson and Kirk share lead in Hawaii

    Johnson and Kirk share lead in Hawaii

    Defending champion Justin Thomas opened with a three-under 67, as more than half of the field - 77 players - broke par. It's laziness, I guess, not doing it consistently over the last couple of years".
    Manali girl turns national icon; PM Narendra Modi, HP CM applaud her

    Manali girl turns national icon; PM Narendra Modi, HP CM applaud her

    Her father, Roshan Thakur, said he was proud of his daughter, but rued the state of the sport in the country. Aanchal Thakur made history on Tuesday as she won India's first ever worldwide medal in skiing .
  • Mets sign Adrian Gonzalez

    Mets sign Adrian Gonzalez

    Gonzalez gives the Mets a veteran presence at first base, where Lucas Duda and Dominic Smith mainly patrolled last season. He played for the Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres and the Boston Red Sox before joining the Dodgers in midseason in 2012.
    Tarrant County reports its first 3 flu deaths

    Tarrant County reports its first 3 flu deaths

    Ohio's current flu season is following a trend that is similar to the state's 2014 to 2015 season. There have been 3,854 total flu-associated hospitalizations since flu season began last October.
    Small study suggests ibuprofen alters testosterone metabolism

    Small study suggests ibuprofen alters testosterone metabolism

    This would lead to continuously low levels of testosterone, because the body could no longer compensate for the fall. The research focused on men given 600mg of ibuprofen twice a day, which isn't the norm for the average bloke.

Comments

Latest news

Google's Arts & Culture App Is Driving The Latest Viral Selfie Trend
It has been around for a couple years, allowing you to browse collections curated by experts from the most famous museums. The results also show the percentage of the match.

UK's second biggest construction company collapses
Company chairman Philip Green described the development as a "very sad day" for the company's staff, suppliers and customers. Among dozens of contracts with industries like rail, education and the NHS, Carillion also works in numerous UK's prisons.

O'Hare travelers may have been exposed to measles
The statement warned that this passenger "was infectious that day" and "may have traveled to other parts of the airport". The Center for Disease Control and Prevention contacted those who sat next to the passenger on the flight.

PLO Calls for UN-Sponsored Conference on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Singling out one country that he accused of playing an underhand role, but chose not to name, he said: "Stay away from us". The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Abbas' remarks.

More snow forecast through Tuesday with possible accumulation
Clouds will diminish throughout the day, overall look for partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies through the afternoon. Strong wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour Monday will keep wind chills 15 to 25 degrees below zero all day as well.

10000 women to drive Saudi taxis
Football is the number one sport in Saudi Arabia, where the national team qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation . The Jeddah Pearl Stadium, where the game will be played, has announced it has allocated special seats for women and families.

As DREAMers Begin Renewing Permits Again, Trump Tweets 'DACA Is Probably Dead'
The White House has not denied that Trump said the word "shithole", though Trump did push back on some depictions of the meeting. Perdue said that "the potential is there" for a deal to protect the "Dreamers" but that Democrats needed to get serious.

Trump calls nations 'shithole' in White House talks
Graham and Durbin thought they would be meeting with Trump alone and were surprised to find immigration hard-liners such as Rep. He then suggested the US focus on bringing more immigrants from places like Norway , the paper reported .

Great Britain set record medal target for Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018
ParalympicsGB won six medals at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and they have been given a target of at least seven medals . Yarnold, who has struggled this season, has been given a top-eight target for 2018 along with team-mate Laura Deas.

Jake Tapper cuts off Duke alum Stephen Miller in interview
On Twitter, Trump insisted that he was a " very stable genius " in defense of some critics speculating about his mental health. Bannon was chief executive of Trump's campaign and chief strategist at the White House, before he left August 18, 2017.

Walmart giving employees $1000 bonuses, raising minimum wage
It made a similarly splashy announcement back in 2015 about raising its minimum hourly pay amid improving economic conditions. The company also will provide full-time hourly workers with 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paternal leave.

Trump denies alleged collusion with Russian Federation
Trump's frustration was in line with a separate request while meeting with his Cabinet for the first time this year. Two Trump campaign aides - including campaign manager Paul Manafort - have been indicted in the investigation.

Google purchased a company that turns displays into speakers
As expected the Redux website is now down and Google is expected to officially announce the acquisition. It basically focuses on turning surfaces, like the display of smartphones, into speakers.

SA loses out on new Toyota-Mazda factory, AP source says
Workers at the plant are expected to build 300,000 vehicles per year and produce the Toyota Corolla compact auto starting in 2021. Toyota now operates 10 plants in eight states including West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

Spectre and Meltdown Exploits
Microsoft has halted some patches for the Meltdown and Spectre chip bugs after AMD customers complained that the software updates froze their machines.

Other news