American women struggled on the first day of the Australian Open, with both Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens falling at the first hurdle.
Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens crashed out as the American women suffered in the first round of the Australian Open.
The competition will take on a rather unfamiliar appearance from hereon in, with neither Venus nor Serena through to the second round after the former – the fifth seed – was beaten by Belinda Bencic on Monday.
Stephens’ poor run of form continued as she too lost, and CoCo Vandeweghe was also among the series of defeated US hopefuls on the first day.
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki did manage to book a place in the next round as she edged out Mihaela Buzarnescu on Margaret Court Arena.
The same court had earlier seen more Melbourne misery for Sam Stosur as she lost once again in front of a home crowd.
However, in Daria Gavrilova and Olivia Rogowska, there were two Australians who made it safely through, while 18th seed Ashleigh Barty will be in action on Tuesday.