January 14, 2018 / 2:03 PM / 9 months ago

FACTBOX-Tennis-Venus Williams v Belinda Bencic

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A look at the records of American Venus Williams and Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic before their first round match at the Australian Open on Monday (prefix number denotes seeding).

5-VENUS WILLIAMS

Age: 37

WTA ranking: 5; (Highest ranking: 1)

Coaches: Richard Williams, Oracene Price, David Witt

Grand slam titles: 7 (Wimbledon 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008; U.S. Open 2000, 2001)

2017 Australian Open performance: Runner-up

Best Australian Open performance: Runner-up 2003 and 2017

2017 WTA win-loss record: 42-15

Venus reached her first grand slam final in eight years at Melbourne Park last year, losing to younger sister Serena. Hard-hitting fifth seed Venus remains a formidable opponent when on song and will be tough to beat if she makes a run into the second week.

BELINDA BENCIC

Age: 20

WTA ranking: 78; (Highest ranking: 7)

Coach: Iain Hughes

Best grand slam performance: Quarter-finals, U.S. Open 2014

2017 Australian Open performance: First round

Best Australian Open performance: Fourth round (2016)

2017 WTA win-loss record: 3-8

Unseeded Bencic heads into the Australian Open on the back of strong displays in a successful Hopman Cup campaign for Switzerland where she partnered Roger Federer. The plucky right-hander ended last season on a 15-match winning streak, claiming three ITF titles to get back into the top 100 and could prove a difficult early challenge for Williams.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: (Venus 4 - Bencic 0)

Sept. 2015 - Venus d Bencic 6-3 6-4 (U.S. Open, hardcourt)

Feb. 2015 - Venus d Bencic 6-1 6-2 (Dubai Tennis Championships, hardcourt)

May. 2014 - Venus d Bencic 6-4 6-1 (French Open, clay)

Oct. 2012 - Venus d Bencic 6-3 6-1 (Luxembourg Open, hardcourt) (Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar; Editing by Toby Davis)

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