Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wimbledon champ Halep stumps up for Australian Open win

Wimbledon champ Halep stumps up for Australian Open win

QUALIFIER Harriet Dart bucked the trend of British misery on the second day of the Australian Open to record her first main-draw victory at Melbourne Park in dramatic fashion.

The clock was about to hit 11pm when she completed a comeback from 1-5 down in a sudden death "champions" tiebreak to beat the more experienced Misaki Doi, having spurned two match points at 6-5 in the decider.

Konta was surprisingly phlegmatic after what was the first time she has lost in the first round of the main draw, putting her 6-4 6-2 upset at the hands of Tunisia's Ons Jabeur down to her lack of matchplay after suffering knee tendinitis.

Konta has been troubled by a knee injury for more than a year and had not played in more than four months as she tried to regain her fitness ahead of the season opening Grand Slam. I lost the focus a little bit but she started to play very well.

And how I physically felt out there is obviously a massive tick for me compared to where I was in September of a year ago.

Katie Boulter was also knocked out in a spirited 6-4, 7-5 loss against No 5 seed Elina Svitolina. Also advancing: three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, two-time French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem, No. 12 Fabio Fognini, No. 16 Karen Khachanov and No. 23 Nick Kyrgios, an Australian who spurred tennis players to contribute funds for wildfire relief efforts - and inspired TV analyst John McEnroe to pony up $1,000 per set Kyrgios wins the rest of the way in the tournament.

The match continued to be close but any glimmers for Edmund were snuffed out by Lajovic, who completed the 7-6 (7) 6-3 7-6 (4) victory with a running forehand victor. It's part of the sport and it's part of also the way I play, and it's something that will come with time and matches.

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A year ago, Harriet Dart fought her way through qualifying only to be dished out a hard lesson by idol Maria Sharapova without even a game to show for it.

He said: "I feel like I am playing better than I was this time past year. I don't think I am too far away". "But, I mean, there is no way to get out of it except to keep believing in yourself, because if you do do all the right things and you don't believe in yourself, then that's probably a bad formula".

Boulter was back on the grand-slam stage for the first time since reaching the second round here 12 months ago after a back injury ruled her out for six months.

Jaber said her goal this year is to enter the top 20 - she is now 78th - and inspire other African Arab players to play sports. "So, yeah, definitely that's a big positive, and something that I'm very pleased about moving forward". Her personal victory was the manner of her leaving - and maybe that she had won two more games and lasted 21 minutes longer than Williams did at Wimbledon.

Cameron Norrie also failed to join Dan Evans in the second round, losing 7-5 3-6 3-6 7-5 6-4 to France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Watson therefore arrived in Melbourne with confidence soaring, and she battled superbly to beat Kristyna Pliskova and the wind in the opening round on Wednesday.

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