MELBOURNE, Australia — Latest results from the 2018 Australian Open Grand Slam Women’s Singles matches on Monday’s Day 1 on Jan. 15.
A number of seeded players, including Americans No. 5 Venus Williams and No. 13 Sloane Stephens suffered shocking early first-round exits from the first Grand Slam of the year.
Williams, a finalist in Melbourne last year, was hoping to go one better this time, but fell in straight sets to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic on the opening day of action.
The American veteran who beat Bencic four times before, fell this time, 6-3 7-5 to the 20-year-old after looking shaky from the start.
“It was amazing, this match. I think the level was great,’’ said Bencic.
“Also, you know, she beat me four times before, so I was really happy, took my chance this time.
“Obviously just happy to be back playing. It was a very, very long time when I was out. I couldn’t wait to come back, so it means a lot.”
Another American, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, also tumbled out in the first round against China’s Zhang Shuai on Margaret Court Arena.
Stephens, who continues to struggle since her success at Flushing Meadows, took the opening set of the contest, but Zhang responded to win 2-6 7-6(2) 6-2.
No. 31 Ekaterina Makarova of Russia fell 3-6 6-4 8-6 to Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, while USA’s No. 10 seed Coco Vandeweghe went out to Timea Babos (HUN), 10- 7-6(4) 6-2.
The tournament, though, saw the likes of Jelena Ostapenko, Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina and victorious in their first-round matches.
2018 Australian Open Grand Slam Women’s Singles Results
Women’s Singles matches on Monday
Belinda Bencic (SUI) def. 5-Venus Williams (USA) 6-3 7-5
Luksika Kumkhum (THA) def. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-3 7-5
Petra Martic (CRO) def. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 7-6(5) 6-3
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) def. 31-Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 3-6 6-4 8-6
23-Daria Gavrilova (AUS) def. Irina Falconi (USA) 6-1 6-1
Elise Mertens (BEL) def. Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) 6-2 6-1
Alize Cornet (FRA) def. Xinyu Wang (CHN) 6-4 6-2
12-Julia Goerges (GER) def. Sofia Kenin (USA) 6-4 6-4
Shuai Zhang (CHN) def. 13-Sloane Stephens (USA) 2-6 7-6(2) 6-2
Denisa Allertova (CZE) def. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 6-3 6-0
Magda Linette (POL) def. Jennifer Brady (USA) 2-6 6-4 6-3
22-Daria Kasatkina (RUS) def. Anna Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-0 6-3
Marta Kostyuk (UKR) def. 25-Shuai Peng (CHN) 6-2 6-2
Olivia Rogowska (AUS) def. Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) def. Maria Sakkari (GRE) 6-2 6-7(5) 6-4
4-Elina Svitolina (UKR) def. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 6-3 6-2
7-Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) def. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 6-1 6-4
Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) def. Mariana Duque Marino (COL) 6-0 6-1
Mona Barthel (GER) def. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-4 7-5
32-Anett Kontaveit (EST) def. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 6-4 7-5
Kaia Kanepi (EST) def. 24-Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-2 6-2
Monica Puig (PUR) def. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) def. Magdalena Frech (POL) 7-5 6-3
Timea Babos (HUN) def. 10-Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 7-6(4) 6-2
15-Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) def. Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 3-6 6-4 6-3
Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) def. Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 7-6(3) 4-6 6-2
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) def. Alison Riske (USA) 2-6 7-6(6) 6-3
19-Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) def. Taylor Townsend (USA) 6-0 7-5
30-Kiki Bertens (NED) def. Catherine Bellis (USA) 6-7(5) 6-4 6-2
Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) 6-1 6-1
Jana Fett (CRO) def. Misa Eguchi (JPN) 6-3 6-2
2-Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) def. Mihaela Buzarnescu (ROU) 6-2 6-3