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Fed Cup: Watson and Konta lead GB closer to World Group II play-offs

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson led Great Britain a step closer to the Fed Cup World Group II play-offs with victory over Estonia in a round-robin tie in Tallinn. Watson beat Katriin Saar 6-1 6-1 in their Pool B match. Konta survived a scare before seeing off Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-2. The British team face the winners of Pool C, Hungary, on Saturday to try to secure a place in April’s World Group II play-off for a fourth time. They narrowly missed out on making the competition’s elite…

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Konta knocked out by world number 123 Pera

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. British number one Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat by world number 123 Bernarda Pera in the second round of the Australian Open. The American won 6-4 7-5 to claim only her second win at Grand Slam level. Ninth seed Konta had reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals on her past two visits…

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Australian Open 2018: Johanna Konta beats Madison Brengle to move into second round

Johanna Konta began her Australian Open campaign in comfortable fashion with a 6-3 6-1 victory over American Madison Brengle. The ninth seed has a fine record at Melbourne Park having reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals the last two years and is one of a whole raft of contenders for the women’s title. Konta made a few too many errors in the opening set but grew convincingly into the match and was simply far too good for her 90th-ranked opponent. The 26-year-old, who next faces another American in lucky loser Bernarda…

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Konta beats Brengle to reach Australian Open second round

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. British number one Johanna Konta made swift progress into the second round of the Australian Open with victory over American Madison Brengle. Konta, seeded ninth, won 6-3 6-1 on Hisense Arena, the third show court at Melbourne Park. The Briton had lost three of their four previous matches but was far too…

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Australian Open: Johanna Konta faces USA's Madison Brengle in first round

2018 Australian Open Dates: 15-28 January Venue: Melbourne Park Coverage: Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. British women’s number one Johanna Konta will play United States’ Madison Brengle in the first round of the Australian Open. More to follow. BBC coverage times Live scores and results Follow tennis with the BBC Alerts: Tennis news sent to your phone My Sport: Sign up to follow tennis news Let’s block…

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Konta through to last eight in Brisbane while Muguruza withdraws for fourth year in a row

British number one Johanna Konta moved into the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International with a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win against wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic. Konta, who ended a run of five straight defeats since August by beating Madison Keys in the previous round, won in two hours 26 minutes. She will play Ana Konjuh or third seed Elina Svitolina in the last eight. Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza withdrew for the fourth year in a row after suffering with cramp. After losing a fluctuating opening set in which her serve was broken…

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Konta fights back to seal victory over Keys in Brisbane

British number one Johanna Konta came from a set down to get 2018 off to a winning start with victory over Madison Keys at the Brisbane International. Konta, who has not won since August, defeated the American 4-6 6-4 6-3. Playing her first match under new coach Michael Joyce, the 26-year-old ended a run of five successive defeats since the Cincinnati Open. But Britain’s number two Heather Watson lost in straight sets to Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. “It was my first match in quite a while and it was a tough…

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