By: Reuters |
Published: January 14, 2018 10:07 pm


Venus Williams continued her late-career flourish at Melbourne Park last year. (Source: Reuters)

The Australian Open gets underway with a bang on Monday, with last year’s finalist Venus Williams taking on resurgent Swiss talent Belinda Bencic in a much-anticipated clash of generations on Rod Laver Arena’s centre court.

In a sign of Williams’s astonishing longevity, 20-year-old Bencic was just a toddler when the American won the first of her seven grand slam titles at Wimbledon in 2000.

Williams continued her late-career flourish at Melbourne Park last year, reaching her first grand slam final in eight years before being stopped by her champion sister Serena.

With new mum Serena absent this year and the women’s tournament wide open, Venus may be as good a chance as any of her rivals to win her…

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