Johanna Konta’s withdrawal in Sydney casts doubt on Australian Open chances

• British No1 was trailing 4-1 before succumbing to neck strain
• Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray also not fully fit for Melbourne

British hopes a week before the Australian Open were reduced from marginal to dismal on Sunday when a neck injury forced Johanna Konta to quit after only 18 minutes of her second qualifying match in Sydney.

There was no immediate indication one way or the other that the British No 1 would be fit to play in Melbourne next week, although her team hinted she chose to withdraw as a precaution.

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