Johanna Konta edges through to second round at Australian Open after almost three hours on court in 32-degree heat

Johanna Konta edges through to second round at Australian Open after almost three hours on court in 32-degree heat

“I thought maybe that she would give me more errors, if I was more consistent,” Tomljanovic admitted afterwards. “Which didn’t happen, and then it’s hard to turn it back on, to be more aggressive.”   

The British women are making a speciality out of the Australian Open’s latest wrinkle – the first-to-ten-point tie-break that comes into play at 6-6 in the deciding set. Only two matches have used the super tie-break thus far, in either the men’s and women’s draw, and the first was won by Katie Boulter on Monday.

The difference today was that Konta understood the new system, whereas Boulter had to deal with a tricky moment in which she celebrated victory at 7-4 in the tie-break, only to discover that three more points were needed.

“I don’t know why it is first-to-ten,” said Konta afterwards. “I think all the grand slams are getting excited and doing something different.

“I was very conscious to not get excited if I got to seven. I saw Katie yesterday and thought: ‘That would be me. Just if you get to seven, you haven’t won, just keep going.’ I was conscious about that. I was like, ‘It is to ten, to ten, to ten.’”

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