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Venus Williams ends Johanna Konta’s title defence at Miami Open

British No 1 knocked out 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in fourth roundVerdasco and Kokkinakis heated row mars their matchJohanna Konta’s defence of her Miami Open title ended on Monday as Venus Williams beat the British No 1 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 in their fourth-round match i…

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Women’s draw opens up for Maria Sharapova after Johanna Konta exit

• Returning Sharapova beats 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova• Konta’s grand slam struggles continue against Bernarda PeraDay by day, the rankings on the women’s tour are being shredded to the point of irrelevance – and when Jo Konta joined Sloane Stephen…

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Johanna Konta down and out in Melbourne after defeat to Bernarda Pera

American world No123 shocks ninth seed 6-4, 7-5Off-key Konta struggles with windy conditions Jo Konta said before her second-round match against the world No123, Bernarda Pera, she was unsure what the American slam debutante looked like, although they …

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Johanna Konta gets Australian Open campaign under way with convincing win

British women’s No1 beats Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-1 Konta braced for heat later in week in MelbourneJohanna Konta’s fifth visit to the Australian Open provides her with the best chance yet of a breakthrough win at a grand slam, and there was little to s…

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Heather Watson feeling young at heart as she aims for Australian Open progress

British No2 has had a fair amount of injury heartache in her career but this is her seventh time in Melbourne and she says is keen to make her markAn enduring paradox of modern tennis is that players are lasting longer at the top and suffering more for…

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Johanna Konta determined to climb again after ‘hitting a wall’ last year

The world No9’s excellent season ground to a halt as she struggled with a foot injury but she is prepared for more Australian Open success in 2018Tennis is the pain game, as players keep saying, and Jo Konta admitted ahead of her first match in the 201…

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Australian Open 2018: five to watch in the women’s singles

With the women’s game in flux, there’s a chance for Elina Svitolina, Johanna Konta or Caroline Garcia to land a first slam, or for Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova to win anotherPicking a favourite on the women’s side remains as thankless a task as e…

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Australian Open players show nimble verbal skills on Margaret Court issue

Most equivocated when asked to comment on Billie Jean King’s call for the tournament’s second court – named after Court – to be boycotted or renamedThe Margaret Court conundrum remains the effluent in the room at this Australian Open, and it exercised …

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Johanna Konta can get to the top; she’s got pretty close already, says new coach

Michael Joyce is in no doubt the world No9 has what it takes to win a grand slam – starting at an Australian Open in which 20 players have a chance of the titleDavid Foster Wallace, one of the sport’s finest chroniclers, once described Johanna Konta’s …

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Australian Open women’s draw: Maria Sharapova draws Tatjana Maria in first round

Top seed Simona Halep draws Destanee AiavaJohanna Konta, seeded ninth, faces Madison BrengleMaria Sharapova will face Tatjana Maria in the first round of the Australian Open as she returns to the tournament at which she failed a drugs test in 2016.The …

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Johanna Konta beaten by Agnieszka Radwanska in Sydney title defence

• Defending champion suffers first-round exit in Sydney• British player comes through loss unscathed after recent injuryJohanna Konta’s Sydney International title defence swiftly ended in a defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska in the first round.A surprising …

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Johanna Konta’s Australian Open chances given unexpected boost

• Serena Williams’s late withdrawal offers hope for world No9 • Nick Kyrgios on Williams: ‘That’s what happens. People do other stuff’The late withdrawal of Serena Williams from the Australian Open did little to shake up the field, given the American h…

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Tennis: Johanna Konta forced to abandon Brisbane International match

Konta had impressed all week in an encouraging return to form before succumbing to injuryAs if there were not enough problems already for British No1 players with right-hip injuries, Johanna Konta was forced to abandon her enthralling third-round match…

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Johanna Konta battles past Ajla Tomljanovic and into Brisbane last eight

• British No1 wins 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 after rollercoaster contest• Roger Federer warms up with Hopman Cup win over Karen KhachanovJohanna Konta overcame a tough start to beat Ajla Tomljanovic and advance to the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International.F…

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Johanna Konta beats Madison Keys in Brisbane for first win since August

• Konta starts 2018 with 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 comeback victory over US Open finalist• Maria Sharapova opens new year with straight-sets win at Shenzhen OpenJohanna Konta began the new year with an impressive win over Madison Keys at the Brisbane International…

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Johanna Konta turns to Sharapova’s former coach to rediscover form

• Michael Joyce will join British No1 after departure of Wim Fissette• Konta’s form tailed off in 2017 after impressive startJohanna Konta has appointed Michael Joyce as her new coach. The British No1 has been looking for a replacement for Wim Fissette…

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Caroline Wozniacki and co court shocks before Serena Williams’ expected return

Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and others seem set to ensure when the winner of 23 grand slams rejoins the WTA Tour it will be anything but dullWhen Serena Williams returns to tennis as expected in the new year, with a baby daughter, Alexis, in her ento…

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Simona Halep rules roost before WTA Finals but Serena is being missed | Jacob Steinberg

World No1 spot has changed hands a few times this year, with Halep the latest holder after Garbiñe Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova’s turns at the topSometimes it is not the quality of the competition that matters to an audience but the possibility of wi…

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Johanna Konta ends 10-month association with coach Wim Fissette

• Britain’s No1 tennis player will not compete again this season• Konta says split with coach was an amicable oneJohanna Konta has split from her coach, Wim Fissette, after less than a year together.The British No1 linked up with the Belgian Fissette, …

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Johanna Konta determined not to ‘catastrophise’ her US Open defeat

• Briton loses 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Aleksandra Krunic
• Konta admits first-round matches are ‘difficult for me personally’

Johanna Konta, Britain’s best hope of success at the US Open after the shock withdrawal of Andy Murray, crashed out on day one to Aleksandra Krunic, a diminutive Russian-born Serb who admits she has a weak serve and questionable work ethic.

Krunic, who had not beaten a top-10 player since making the fourth round here three years ago, nevertheless had enough in her armoury of slices and deftly placed returns to make the most of Konta’s poor serving – fewer than half of the British player’s 99 first serves went in – and is through to the second round after winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes on a mild day on the Grandstand court.

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