American women Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens fall on Australian Open’s 1st day

Williams is out after being one of the favorites to win it, falling to Belinda Bencic in her opener.

Venus Williams is out of the 2018 Australian Open in her very first match, losing to Belinda Bencic in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. Bencic was considered one of the toughest openers among the top-seeded men and women when the draw was announced, and it’s clear why.

Williams has never won at the Australian Open, but she’s made the final twice: in 2003 and last year, 2017. There, she lost to...

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