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Revitalised Johanna Konta can carry British standard at Australian Open

Britain’s No 1 woman may have a better chance of reaching the second week at Melbourne than Andy Murray

It seems perverse yet unavoidably sensible to suggest that, of the six British players entered in the 2019 Australian Open, Andy Murray is by no means the most likely to reach the second week of a tournament he has been a finalist five times.

He will do his best to get there, but recent history suggests the former world No 1 has less chance of making a memorable impact than Britain’s best woman, Johanna Konta, or even the world No 14 Kyle Edmund, cut down by a knee injury in Brisbane and forced to withdraw from the Sydney Open.

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