Both Williams sisters already out of Auckland's ASB Classic

Alicia WestJan 05, 2017

Top seed Serena Williams suffered a shock defeat to fellow American Madison Brengle in the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic on Wednesday to bring an abrupt end to her return to the court.

Brengle made it work and forced Williams into 88 unforced errors to advance to the quarterfinals.

"I really think I played - I'm trying to think of a word that's not obscene - but that's how I played", she said after the loss less than two weeks before the year's first grand slam at Melbourne Park. Having played just eight events a year ago - all of which were in big, sheltered arenas rather than the piece-meal seating arrangement at the ASB Tennis Centre - Williams admitted she was not used to having to battle the elements.

"I just couldn't get used to the wind", she said.

Brengle will meet seventh-seeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko, who posted a 6-2, 7-6 (3) victory over Croatian Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Venus Williams, a seven-time grand slam victor, felt pain throughout her 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 victory over New Zealand wildcard Jade Lewis.


Barbora Strycova and Lauren Davis booked a quarter-final against each other with respective wins over Lucie Safarova and Kurumi Nara. Croatia's Ana Konjuh beat Kirsten Flipkens and Yanina Wickmayer.

In the second round of the Shenzhen Open, Taiwanese qualifier Chang was routed 6-1, 6-2 in just 47 minutes by Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Williams was again in trouble in the second set when she dropped her serve to fall behind 3-4 but broke back immediately to take the set to a tiebreaker, which she won 7-3.

Meanwhile, reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka saw off Serbia's Viktor Troicki in straight sets 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to make the last eoght of the Brisbane International.

Second seed Dominika Cibulkova also progressed with a 2-6 6-4 6-4 comeback win over China's Zhang Shuai while fifth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Destanee Aiava 6-4 6-3.

The third set went on serve until the 10th game when Brengle held two match points, only for Serena to fight off both and slump in relief when she hit a crosscourt forehand to get back to deuce.

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