Luck ran out for Venus Williams on the opening day of the Miami Masters on Tuesday with the three-time winner beaten 6-2, 7-6(10) by Zarina Diyas in the first round.
The 40-year-old was unable to match it with her 89th-ranked Kazakh opponent to take an early loss in her home tournament.
Williams had her heyday here two decades ago, winning the trophy in a run of three victories in four years (1998, 1999, and 2001). She owns a 67-17 win-loss record at the event.
The veteran was never in contention, sending over 16 unforced errors and losing serve three times in the opening set before falling in a tight tiebreaker in the second.
Diyas needed four match points to advance to the second round.
Main photo: Zarina Diyas beat Venus Williams in first round of Miami masters by – Tennis Australia/ NATASHA MORELLO