Konta cruises in Aussie qualifier

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British number two Johanna Konta is through to the second qualifying round of the Australia Open after beating American Grace Min 6-2 6-1.

It took Konta, who lives in Eastbourne, 54 minutes to defeat her opponent, winning 10 of the 11 final games and serving four aces in the second set.

Konta narrowly missed out on direct entry to the main draw for the Open, being seeded third for the qualifying rounds and broke the unseeded Min’s serve five times in the match.

The first set started off evenly, and the games were going with the serve until Konta took charge.

Her first break of the match came in the fifth game to make it 3-2, and she went on to win the next three games including another break to take the first set.

Konta then broke Min twice early on in the second set, taking a 4-0 lead before the American won her only game of the set.

The world number 113 went on to break her opponent’s serve once more in the final game to wrap up a convincing win.

She will now play world number 187 Olga Savchuk of Ukraine in the second round on Friday, January 10.

This will be the first time that these two have met, but in last year’s competition Savchuk did come up against Laura Robson in the third qualifying round, losing in straight sets to the British number one.

A win for Konta will result in her reaching the third qualifying round of the Australian Open for the first time, having bowed out in the second round last year.