Photos from Auckland: Williams sisters make early New Zealand exit

The much-anticipated stay of the Williams sisters in Auckland was cut short on Wednesday as both crowd favorites at the 2017 ASB Classic failed to make the quarterfinals of the event, for two very different reasons.

Venus Williams had to withdraw from her second-round match against Japanese rising star Naomi Osaka, after suffering a right arm injury in her match against local New Zealand wildcard Jade Lewis, who gave the tennis veteran plenty of trouble early in the first set.

Sister Serena Williams had to fight a whole different issue. Playing later in the day, the world #2 was plagued by very strong winds, allowing fellow American Madison Brengle to clinch a shocking upset win over the tennis legend after three highly-emotional sets.

  • Jade Lewis
  • Venus Williams
  • Jade Lewis
  • Venus Williams
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  • Jade Lewis
  • Jade Lewis
  • Jade Lewis
  • Jade Lewis
  • Jade Lewis
  • Jade Lewis
  • Jade Lewis
  • Danka Kovinic
  • Danka Kovinic
  • Danka Kovinic
  • Naomi Broady
  • Naomi Broady
  • Naomi Broady
  • Danka Kovinic
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Julia Görges
  • Lucie Safarova
  • Lucie Safarova
  • Barbora Strycova
  • Kurumi Nara
  • Lauren Davis
  • Lauren Davis
  • Lauren Davis
  • Jelena Ostapenko
  • Jelena Ostapenko
  • Jelena Ostapenko
  • Jelena Ostapenko
  • Naomi Osaka
  • Laura Robson
  • Laura Robson
  • Laura Robson
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
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  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Serena Williams
  • Ana Konjuh
  • Ana Konjuh
  • Ana Konjuh

That's it for our photos from Auckland, but we're just warming up with our WTA coverage, as Jimmie48 is already in Sydney, ready to bring us photo coverage from the Premier-level tournament already from the qualifying stage.

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2 thoughts on “Photos from Auckland: Williams sisters make early New Zealand exit

  1. Emman Damian

    I was rooting for Serena to win this tournament because of the hype she created over the off season. Because of Serena, Venus and Caro's exits, I think Julia will win this tournament now.

  2. P!nky

    I really dislike the Williams sisters, I think they are great for the sport and give young girls who want to play tennis something to aim at. Venus doesn't play at the level that she used to be at, and I personally think its time for her to hang up her racket.

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