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Australian Open- Day 1 Highlights

16 January, 2018, 01:31 | Author: John Swanson
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It's the first time that Venus has not qualified for the second round of the Australian open since 1997, and the two time runner crashed out at the hands of the 20-year old Bencic who had previously teamed up with compatriot Rodger Federer to win the mixed doubles in Perth.

Isner was sent packing in four sets by unfancied local Matthew Ebden on Margaret Court Arena while Sock slipped to a 6-1 7-6 (4) 5-7 6-3 defeat by 41st-ranked Japanese Yuichi Sugita on Show Court Two. Stephens was also forced to withdraw from the Brisbane International because of a right knee injury.

It was her eighth successive defeat since her maiden grand slam triumph.

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

The US Open semi-final spots were all taken by American players in NY but after 10th seed Vandeweghe, coached by Australian Pat Cash, lost to fellow big-hitter Timea Babos 6-7 (4) 2-6 in one hour and 46 minutes, only one remains - Madison Keys. "I did the best that I could".

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Sugita is ranked outside the world's top 40 but did earn his maiden ATP Tour title win a year ago, shortly before his 29th birthday.

"Why should I feel uncomfortable because the court is ill-prepared?"

U.S. Open champion Stephens, the 13th seed, was bundled out in three sets by China's Zhang Shuai.

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". The Dane is the second seed and will be encouraged with a number of seeded players eliminated in the first round today.

"In women's tennis, anything can happen when there is no Serena Williams", said Babos. She returned on a roll, winning the next six points to clinch the first set, and then dominated the second. "I used to watch Serena and Venus on TV when I was little girl, never dreaming I would play them one day and now I am, it's awesome".

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Stephens, who suffered a torrid denouement to the tennis calendar past year, remains without a win since her surprise triumph at Flushing Meadows and despite an encouraging start, she fell to a 2-6 7-6 (4) 6-2. Don't worry. We will get back to having fun soon. "Just didn't work out". That he's trying to give advice and help also someone like me.

Other players orchestrating upsets on Day 1 in Melbourne were Estonia's Kaia Kanepi rolling over No. 24 Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2, the Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk likewise easing past No. 25 Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-2, and Romania's Irina Camelia-Begu outlasting No. 31 Ekaterina Makarova 3-6, 6-4, 8-6.

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