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2018 Australian Open: Venus Williams Thrashed By Belinda Bencic

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| January 15 , 2018 , 12:56 IST

Year's first Grand Slam tournament, Australian Open commenced with a shocker as 2017 runner-up Venus Williams was knocked out by a 20-year-old Belinda Bencic on Monday. The indigestible defeat left the fifth seed appalled as she lost to world number 78 by 6-3, 7-5 in less than two hours on Rod Laver Arena.

Notably, the seven-time Grand Slam champion lost to her sister Serena Williams in 2017 Australian Open and emerged as the runner-up. 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.

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Initially, Bencic was doubtful about playing Venus as she lost to Serena on the same stage last year. "I would like to have played someone easier," Belinda admitted. Expressing her joy post defeating a Williams sister, she said, "When I was a little girl watching on TV I would never imagine I would play them."

With the clear mind stuck at winning the match, Bencic was getting to Venus with her aggressive strokes until the seventh game before a rain shower halted the interesting match for 20 minutes. Williams, however, resurged after a brief washroom break and broke Bencic's opening service game.

On her third break point, the Swiss player placed the pressure back on Williams and defeated the tournament's former runner-up for the first time. "I lost to Venus four times and I tried my best to give my all today, and changed some things tactically," Belinda who is currently running high on 16 tour matches winning streak gushed.