Belinda Bencic defeats Venus Williams in first round of Australian Open

Belinda Bencic defeats Venus Williams in first round of Australian Open

Venus Williams has crashed out of the Australian Open. The American was ousted by Swiss World No. 78 Belinda Bencic in the first round of the Australian Open. The fifth seed lost to Benic in two sets, 6-3, 7-5. This is William’s first loss against Benic in the four times she has faced the Swiss player. Venus joins the club of Sloane Stephens, Dominika Cibulkova and Ekatarina Makarova, who also suffered shock defeat. This will be the first time, since 1997, that a year’s first grand slam will not have a William sister in the second round.