Sports News: Serena Williams suffers a shocking defeat
World no. 2 Serena Williams suffered a shocking defeat in her second game at the ASB Classic in New Zealand.
The 35-year-old lost 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 to a resilliant and world number 72 Madison Brengle in Auckland.
Serena had returned to action after four months out because of injury on Tuesday, claiming she was outbox practice despite winning.
It was a disappointing day for the Williams sisters after older sister Venus withdrew with an arm injury.
The 36-year-old beat New Zealand wildcard Jade Lewis 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 and was due to play Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the second round later on Wednesday but pulled out before the match.
Tournament director Karl Budge said:
“The seven-time Grand Slam winner wasn’t able to serve as she would like to and at the level that we have come to expect from Venus and unfortunately that has taken her away from the tournament this year”.
Venus later posted a message on Twitter thanking her supporters.
Williams is hoping to be fit for the start of the Australian Open, which starts on 16 January
Britain’s Naomi Broady won her opening match at the tournament before suffering a second-round exit.
Broady, ranked 90 in the world, beat Danka Kovinic of Montenegro 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 to ensure she remains in the top 100.
The British number three, who reached the quarter-finals last year, was back on court later on Wednesday but lost 7-5 6-4 to Germany’s Julia Goerges, who is 37 places above her in the rankings.
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