25 Jan 2009

Venus Williams out of Australian Open

12:07 pm on 25 January 2009

The seven-time grand slam tennis champion Venus Williams is the first major casualty of the Australian Open after crashing out in the second round.

The sixth seed has been defeated by Spanish newcomer Carla Suarez Navarro 2-6 6-3 7-5.

Meanwhile her sister Serena has advanced, as has France's former champion Amelie Mauresmo while men's top seed Rafael Nadal and pre-tournament favourite Andy Murray have enjoyed straightforward victories.