USA women in historic Aus Open horror show

2018 Australian Open first round preview Venus Williams vs Belinda Bencic

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

US Open champion Sloane Stephens tumbled in three sets against China's plucky Zhang Shuai, before 10th seed Coco Vandeweghe was sent packing in two by Hungary's Timea Babos.

Runner-up to sister Serena in last year's final, Venus won't be keeping the trophy in the family after falling 6-3 7-5 in a first-round boilover on Monday.

Bencic revealed that she has been a keen admirer of the reigning Australian Open champion and the experience during the Hopman Cup earlier this month was a huge learning curve for her.

"Even though I lost, I'm not too sad", Stephens said. "It will be OK". While the new mommy has already pulled out her name due to being unprepared, Venus' exit confirms that no Williams sister will play at Melbourne Park this year, a first since 1997.

The 78th-ranked 20-year-old, who was plagued by an injury that caused her to fall to 318th in the world, said it was an "amazing feeling" handing Williams her fourth career first-round loss down under. I don't think I played a bad match.

"I would like to have played someone easier", said Bencic.

Venus had 26 unforced errors and 22 winners, and said she didn't get the luck of the draw by having to play somebody who has been ranked as high as No. 7.

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The first came after she refused to restart play at the end of the first set until a ball-kid delivered her bananas.

2016: It was another first-round loss for Williams - this time to Johanna Konta of Great Britain who beat her in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. In fact, Federer's parents were present in her box throughout the match against Venus to cheer her on, a fact she gratefully acknowledged afterwards.

"It means so much to me", Belinda Bencic told BBC Radio 5 live. This time I really tried to come out and hit it big. Vandeweghe asked the umpire.

"I started to miss more in the second set but I found my game". I don't have to make myself uncomfortable because it's ill prepared. "I'm happy to be on court".

The world No 9, who refused to continue playing at the end of the first set until she was provided with the bananas, was penalised again and docked a point in the second set after apparently swearing at Babos because she felt the Hungarian had been "in her face".

Unseeded Aussie and former US Open victor Sam Stosur continued her struggles winning in Melbourne, going out first round 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 to former Olympic gold victor Monica Puig.

German 12th seed Julia Goerges continued a winning streak going back to last October, defeating Sofia Kenin of the USA, 6-4, 6-4.

Grigor Dimitrov looked every inch the potential Grand Slam champion as he schooled qualifier Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 to reach the second round.

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