Venus loose Serena tops in Madid

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:20 GMT, May 4, 2015 |

Second-seeded Simona Halep and Venus Williams both lost in the opening round of the Madrid Open on Sunday, while top-seeded Serena Williams had a trouble-free debut. Defending champion Maria Sharapova also advanced after beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3.

Halep, a finalist both in Madrid and at the French Open last year, failed to convert two set points in the first set before losing 7-6 (6), 6-3 to Alize Cornet of France.

Serena Williams defeated American Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-1 after breaking her six times to wrap her 24th straight win in less than an hour. She will face Sloane Stephens next on Tuesday.