Tomas Berdych

Venus Williams advances but Simona Halep is upset during first round of Australian Open

Venus Williams advances but Simona Halep is upset during first round of Australian Open

Venus Williams went onto Rod Laver Arena right after Shelby Rogers' upset win over fourth-seeded Simona Halep, a result that sent the former French Open finalist out in the first round of the Australian Open again. 

Back-to-back first-round exits at the season's first major was not how Williams planned to mark her 73rd Grand Slam tournament. 

The 36-year-old Williams made it two wins for American women on the center court at Melbourne Park on the first day, twice rallying from a break down in the first set to beat Kateryna Kozlova, 7-6 (5), 7-5. 

The seven-time major winner lost in the first round of the Australian Open last year to eventual semifinalist...

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