Belinda Bencic and Venus Williams reflect on their first round match-up at the 2018 Australian Open on Monday (15th January) which the Swiss came out of with an upset win. Photograph:( AP )
For the first time since 1997, Australian Open will be without Williams sisters. Serena Williams is already out following the birth of her daughter and Venus failed to qualify for the next round.
20-year-old Belinda Bencic saw off seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the first round of Australia Open in straight sets.
Bencic recently featured with 19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer at the Hopman Cup. He gave her advice and tips to improve the game. She had received a huge confidence boost.
"I think all the week it was so great learning from him on the court or off the court," Bencic said on Federer.
"Even now, I think it's amazing he's giving me advice, trying to give me tips, help me, like, looking how I'm doing. That feels great. I saw him after the match... he was very happy for me," she added.
"It feels amazing to have the chance to play against both because I never thought I would ever play against them when I was a little kid."@BelindaBencic on playing both Serena & Venus.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/LNT9dQFRNF— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2018
"Last year is last year. This is, like, a new year. You can't live in the previous year. It's impossible," said Venus Williams after losing.