Wimbledon champ Halep stumps up for Australian Open win

Konta crashes out to Jabeur in the opening round

Britain's Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund have both been knocked out of the Australian Open in the opening round after suffering straight sets defeats in Melbourne.

After heavy rain in Melbourne Park on the first day, the organizers had to move dozens to Tuesday, including the Comte-Jaber match.

An unhappy visit to the Australian Open came to an end for current British No 2 Cam Norrie when he was forced to make a late withdrawal from the men's doubles.

Watson pulled no punches in her assessment of her performance, saying: "I felt my level wasn't there today".

She wasn't able to provide answers. "It was my first time on Arthur Ashe", Gauff, who downed seven-times Grand Slam victor Venus Williams in her tournament opener in Melbourne, told a news conference. "Also the serve, I think it's important for her to improve because it's a little bit too slow". "I'm happy I went through it".

"But I'm happy that I could hold that last game". "I haven't thought of my schedule moving forward from here yet".

This was Watson's 34th appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam, and she has yet to go past the third round in any of them. Only one of Nadal's 19 Grand Slam singles titles have come at the Australian Open - in 2009- and he lost last year's final to Novak Djokovic.

A nervous Gauff was beaten 6-3 6-0 by Japan's Osaka in the third round of the US Open last year but the 15-year-old said after her three-set victory over Romania's Sorana Cirstea on Wednesday that things would be different.

Sticking with an opponent of that pedigree on a more consistent basis will be the 23-year-old's next goal.

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Twelve months after failing to win a single game against Maria Sharapova, Dart won nine of the last 10 points to beat Japan's Misaki Doi 2-6 6-4 7-6 (6) after two hours and 49 minutes.

"I like Australia. I always play well here".

Konta must now decide where to play next, and she may seek a wild card into the St Petersburg Trophy, which begins two days after Britain's Fed Cup play-off against Slovakia.

Maria Sharapova hasn't won a tournament since 2017, and her ranking slipped to 136th by the end of previous year.

"I actually like to play under pressure, it is more fun and more exciting but I would prefer to finish the matches when I can".

The game continued close, but Lajovic extinguished any glimpse of Edmund, who completed the victory with a right win. "It was a little bit risky", Halep said of a tight finish in which Dart fought back from 1-4 down to make her sweat. You know, her work ethic is pretty wonderful.

Dart was never expected to trouble the Wimbledon champion but she gave as good as she could on Rod Laver Arena.

Yulia Putintseva has caused some major upsets in recent times but I don't see her having the ability to compete with Simona Halep.

No one can know, of course.

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