The Australian Open Tennis tournament got underway today with 72 253 fans turning up at Melbourne Park.
Unfortunately for the American supporters, 12 out of their 15 players have already been sent packing.
The most notable ousting was last year’s finalist, Venus Williams (5), who lost to Belinda Bencic 3-6 5-7.
Bencic, who was plagued by injury in 2016 and 2017, had a good start to this year when she teamed up with Roger Federer in Perth to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland.
In her post-match interview, Bencic spoke about her previous four losses to Williams, feeling that she had too much respect for her and came out playing too careful and safe. A change of tactic and giving it her all was the secret to her success today.
Bencic also credited Roger Federer for his guidance and advice. Federer’s parents, Robert and Lynette, were in the attendance on the Rod Laver Arena to support Bencic today.
Other American seeded players to fall were Coco Vandeweghe (10) who lost to Timea Babos 7-6(4) 6-2, the 2016 US Open champion, Sloane Stephens (13) who lost to Shuai Zhang 6-2 6-7(2) 2-6, Jack Sock (8) who lost to Yuichi Sugita 1-6 6-7(4) 7-5 6-3 and John Isner (16) who lost to Matthew Ebden 4-6 6-3 6-3 6-3.
Sam Querrey (13) and Madison Keys (17) will lead the remainder of the Americans on Day 2 tomorrow.