Australian Open: Venus Williams loses to Ekaterina Makarova in first round

Former world number one Venus Williams, who lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, hasn't won a Grand Slam since Wimbledon in 2008 and is without a title since Luxembourg in October 2012.

updated: January 13, 2014 09:54 IST
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Melbourne: Venus WilliamsSeven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams fell out of the Australian Open at the first hurdle on Monday after a marathon clash with Russian 22nd seed Ekaterina Makarova. (Click here for latest on Australia Open)

The former world number one was unseeded in Melbourne despite playing 11 events last year and making three semi-finals, and she looked on course for victory after winning the first set.

But a series of unforced errors and failure to convert crucial break points cost her dearly and she was sent packing 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after a nearly two-and-half-hour epic in blazing hot conditions.

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