7 Jan 2014

Former grand slam champions knocked out

10:14 am on 7 January 2014

Former grand slam tennis champions Svetlana Kuznetsova and Francesca Schiavone ended their competitive Australian Open preparations early with first round losses at the Sydney International.

Double grand slam winner Kuznetsova, who had a good second half of 2013 to enter the Sydney tournament inside the top 20, was surprisingly beaten 6-3 3-6 7-5 by American lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko.

Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, was bundled out by Lucie Safarova 6-4 6-4.

The 33-year-old Italian was also knocked out of the first round of the Brisbane tournament last week by former world number one Jelena Jankovic.