World No.2 Serena Williams in action.
World No.2 Serena Williams in action. Charles Krupa

Williams bundled out in Auckland by world No.72

TOP seed Serena Williams has suffered a shock defeat to fellow American Madison Brengle in the second round of the WTA Auckland Classic to bring an abrupt end to her return to the court.

In her first tournament since losing in the semi-finals of the US Open four months ago, Williams was bundled out 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 6-4 by the world No.72 in a two-hour, 13-minute arm wrestle.

Williams was looking for a bold showing in Auckland, both to prepare for the Australian Open and to celebrate her new year engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

After blaming rust for her sluggish first-round win over Pauline Parmentier on Tuesday, Williams succumbed to repeated unforced errors against Brengle.

She started with an ace, only to follow up with a double fault, which exemplified the inconsistent nature of her game in the swirling wind.

Brengle dropped her second service game but at 4-1 down reeled off five consecutive games to take the first set.

There was a service break each in the second set, which Williams took in a tie-break 7-3.

The final set went with serve until Williams double faulted when serving to stay in the match at 4-5.



Coffs Coast ARC rally champ is back in NZ

premium_icon Coffs Coast ARC rally champ is back in NZ

Quinn and Calder in this weekend's NZ Rally

Coffs Harbour bypass land buy-up

premium_icon Coffs Harbour bypass land buy-up

Compulsory acquisition process set to start on highway corridor.

Accused priest denies child sex claims at trial

premium_icon Accused priest denies child sex claims at trial

Catholic priest is accused of abusing two boys in the 1980s

Local Partners