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Johanna Konta survives first round test

Johanna Konta survives first round test

Australian Open 2019
Venue: Melbourne Park
Dates: Jan 14-27

Johanna Konta boosted British hopes at the Australian Open with a titanic three-set win over home player Ajla Tomljanovic in Melbourne.

The British number one, 28, won a final-set tie-break to edge a finely-balanced match. She joins Katie Boulter and Dan Evans in round two after a 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (10-7) win.

Konta will play either two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza or China's Saisai Zheng next.

Konta, who reached a career-high ranking of four in 2017, is left as the nation's leading contender following exits for Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund on Monday.

Now ranked 38th in the world, she showed flashes of the form which helped her reach the 2016 semi-finals in Melbourne.