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Konta suffers first round exit in Sydney

Konta suffers first round exit in Sydney”

She now heads for Melbourne and the Australian Open, where 12 months ago she reached the quarter-finals, while Radwanska stays in Sydney and faces American teenager CiCi Bellis next.

Kerber, who dropped to No.22 following a poor 2017 season, needed to save two match points before beating Lucie Safarova in three sets on Monday.

Williams was playing her first match in Sydney since winning the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics.

"I think I'm right where I should be, coming off the end of previous year".

She struggled to get going in her first two matches last week in Brisbane before she withdrew from her quarter-final with a hip injury.

The Pole had been overpowered in 82 minutes by the Briton in the final past year, but repaid the favor on Ken Rosewall Arena at the Olympic Tennis Centre as she raced to a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

Polish tennis player Agnieszka Radwańska has made it through to the second round of the WTA Sydney International after a straight-set win over the tournament's defending champion. "It [the hip] was good", she said.

"I felt I recovered a lot quicker than I anticipated, which is a massively positive thing", she told BBC Sport.

Leonardo Mayer had a 7-5, 6-3 upset win over eighth-seeded Mischa Zverev.

In other action, home favourite Sam Stosur fought back from a set down to beat Germany's Carina Witthoft 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.



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