Venus Williams tried to rally, winning two games and getting another break-point chance Tuesday after falling a set and 5-0 behind, before her 16th trip to the Australian Open finished in a first-round loss to Johanna Konta.
In the men's draw, No. 2-seeded Andy Murray had little trouble advancing to the second round, beating sometime practice partner Alexander Zverev, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.
Williams, 35, a seven-time major winner, trudged off the court waving to the crowd on the second day of the tournament after losing, 6-4, 6-2, to Konta, a Sydney-born British player ranked No. 47.
Williams is 0-2 this year after losing in a warmup tournament at Auckland, New Zealand. It was...