On the first day of this year's Australian Open, a day that saw the demise of almost every American player who stepped onto the courts, the 20-year-old Bencic swiftly dismissed any hopes of another magical year Down Under for Venus Williams.
Although Williams fared better in the second, the in-form Swiss hitter outworked the American and sealed the victory 7-5, after breaking serve in the final game.
Also out of the opening Grand Slam of the year is American big-hitter CoCo Vandeweghe, a semi-finalist last year at Melbourne Park and Flushing Meadow.
"It means so much to me", she told BBC Radio 5 live. You really have to be on the limit of your game. It's really tough to play her.
"I don't think I played a bad match. maybe I had a few too many unforced errors". Bencic's father Ivan, a former hockey player, persuaded his friend, businessman Marcel Niederer, to invest money in his daughter's tennis career when she was just six years old.
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And deep into the second set Williams was coming under constant pressure on her serve and, serving at 3-4 and 15-40, needing all her experience to reel off four points in row to level again.
The Spaniard made a fine start in his bid to win only his second ever Australian open wrapping up a dominant win in just over an hour and a half.
With the clear mind stuck at winning the match, Bencic was getting to Venus with her aggressive strokes until the seventh game before a rain shower halted the interesting match for 20 minutes.
"Tennis is definitely a roller coaster", Stephens said. "Just give me a little bit to regroup and we will be okay".
The carnage continued as reigning US Open champ Sloane Stephens saw her nightmare run of results continue with a 2-6, 6-6 (7-2), 6-2 defeat to unsafe Chinese contender Zhang Shuai. I don't have to make myself uncomfortable because it's ill prepared.
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Williams, who is probably in the last stage of her glorious career, had lost to her sister Serena Williams a year ago.
No. 23-seeded Gavrilova beat Falconi 6-1, 6-1 to hand the USA its ninth loss in 10 matches in the women's draw.
Pre-tournament favourites Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina both stormed to comprehensive first-round victories against Mihaela Buzarnescu and Ivana Jorovic respectively. With Serena not playing this time, Venus was one of the top favorites to win the tournament this year and end a three-decade-long drought. I already won the grand slam. "It's nice that it's going, but I'm just focusing from one round to the other and trying to put my performance there and trying to improve with every match I'm playing".
All four women in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows were from the United States but three of them are already out, with 10th seed Coco Vandeweghe beaten 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 by Hungary's Timea Babos.
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