|Australian Begin 2019|
|Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January|
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Johanna Konta boosted British hopes at the Australian Begin with a big three-advise decide over home participant Ajla Tomljanovic in Melbourne.
The British quantity one, 27, won a final-advise tie-destroy to edge a finely balanced match.
She joins Katie Boulter and Dan Evans in spherical two after a 7-6 (7-4) 2-6 7-6 (10-7) decide.
Konta will play two-time Immense Slam champion Garbine Muguruza subsequent after the Spaniard beat Saisai Zheng 6-2 6-three.
Konta, who reached a occupation-excessive ranking of 4 in 2017, is left because the nation’s main contender following exits for Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund on Monday.
Now ranked Thirty eighth within the world, she confirmed flashes of the accumulate that helped her attain the 2016 semi-finals in Melbourne in a match that lasted two hours and Fifty one minutes.
“Overall, each facet of the match became subtle,” Konta acknowledged.
“I played a posh opponent who I lost to not too prolonged ago [in Brisbane] and the first spherical of Immense Slams are by no scheme easy. And the condition like been subtle, humid and sizzling.
“Nonetheless I competed exhausting and I am fully pleased I’d compete on each single level.
“I am fully pleased to like stayed alongside with her when she became playing effectively but moreover play tennis on my grasp phrases.”
Konta triumphs in topsy-turvy match
Konta started the match slowly as she lost support within the opening sport and then seemed on the verge of doing the same again as Tomljanovic, 25, threatened to grab a three-0 lead.
Nonetheless the Briton confirmed resilience – struggling with off 4 destroy aspects – to protect support in what proved to be a pivotal 2d in a animated first advise.
Wait on dominated following those early exchanges till the tie-destroy when Konta hit a kindly-wanting backhand to carry up two advise aspects, taking the first chance when world quantity forty five Tomljanovic came throughout the web.
The 2d advise became not as tight on the scoreboard, on the other hand.
Konta became left to rue missing a destroy level within the opening sport; occurring to lose 4 straight games as her unforced errors started outnumbering winners underneath stress from an impressed Tomljanovic.
Four more alternatives got here and went for Konta in a prolonged opening sport within the 1/three, but she endured to scrap within the accumulate of match that has in total not long past her scheme in most stylish times.
That led to a final advise tie-destroy – a up to date initiative launched when it reaches 6-6 within the decider – with the one outdated one at the tournament seeing fellow Briton Boulter prevail in her match on Monday.
Konta’s hopes of following stride neatly with took a success when a poorly chosen tumble-shot handed early momentum to Tomljanovic, appropriate for Konta to dig deep again and turn the match in her favour.
“I became very acutely aware to not accumulate mad if I obtained to seven – I noticed Katie Boulter like an even time and belief that may well possible be me,” joked Konta when requested referring to the contemporary layout.
“I became pondering, ‘whenever you accumulate to seven you like not won and appropriate help going’.
“It is miles numerous, particularly in a singles context, but it’s the same for all individuals.”
Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent
Konta’s performance within the first advise became paying homage to the accumulate she displayed in Melbourne in 2016 and 2017. Her first support became touchdown commonly and with some efficiency, and she hit 20 winners as she recovered from a slack delivery up.
Tomljanovic played the upper 2d advise, and it seemed as if Konta may well pay for failing to convert destroy aspects when the deciding advise tie-destroy began.
Konta came during herself 6-4 down after developing a unexpected dependancy to the tumble shot but, to her credit score, did tag marginally the stronger in an angst-ridden conclusion.