It was a tough opening day for American Womens tennis at Melbourne Park on Monday.

Reigning US Open Womens Champion, Sloane Stephens and 2017 Wimbledon finalist Venus Williams were knocked out in Round 1 of the first Grand Slam of the year.

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Williams lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3 7-5

Stephens lost to Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-7 2-6

Coco Vandeweghe lost to Timea Babos 7-6 6-2