Venus Williams Eliminated in First Round

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"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and today I won". It was Federer's 299th match win at a major. "But I was really nice about it. He was really nice about it. It worked out".

Williams had won their only previous match at the Wuhan Open in China last October - but the Brit had served for the match in the third set. In fact, Verdasco's game was significantly more error-strewn than Nadal's, with the former hitting 90 unforced errors to Nadal's 38.

Venus Williams' 69th Grand Slam came to a premature halt in the first round Tuesday when she was shocked by rising British star Johanna Konta, who said the veteran's age was "irrelevant".

She wrapped it up in 41 minutes and with Williams producing a costly 14 unforced errors.

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She was definitely a tricky opponent, but it was a good match for me to play someone like that. "I'm happy to be back out there".

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"She's really young and really aggressive", Williams said.

Apart from the local verbal tick of beginning her answers with a "yeah, no", Konta has gained more obvious benefits from her time in Australia. She is a six-time winner here but even so, the oddsmakers have not made her an overwhelming favorite - at 3.5-1, she is only slightly ahead of two-time Aussie champ Victoria Azarenka (4-1).

Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych, a semifinalist last year, opened his 50th consecutive major by beating Yuki Bhambri of India 7-5, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 7 Kei Nishikori had a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The Belarusian continued her gutsy effort, taking another set off the Russian in a long deuce which went to its third break point opportunity before Sasnovich finally claimed it.

"I think it's just an accumulation of having opportunities to play against such players, and, yeah, to really start feeling comfortable on these sorts of stages", she said.

But the fifth seed appeared to have stamped his authority on the match when he comfortably collected the next two sets.

Britain's number one, 24, raced to victory in 79 minutes as seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams, her left thigh heavily strapped, struggled.

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