Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens out of Australian Open

Also out of the opening Grand Slam of the year is US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who was knocked out in the first round by China’s world number 34 Zhang Shuai. The American lost 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in one hour and 58 minutes in Melbourne.


The Australia Open started with a bang as unseeded 20-year-old, ranked 78th Bencic outclassed world number five Venus Williams. The Swiss defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 and deprived the tournament of one of its biggest names.

Also out of the opening Grand Slam of the year is US Open champion Sloane Stephens, who was knocked out in the first round by China’s world number 34 Zhang Shuai. The American lost 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in one hour and 58 minutes in Melbourne.