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Mixed news for Britons

Johanna Konta is through to the second round of Australian Open qualifying after surviving a tough encounter against Anastasia Sevastova.

Konta - ranked 153 - progressed after winning 6-3, 6-7 (10/8), 6-4 to beat the world number 179 in a draining encounter which lasted over two and a half hours.

Konta will face Yi-Miao Zhou of China who beat the 11th seed Eva Birnerova.

Anne Keothavong crashed out at the first hurdle after she was beaten 7-5, 7-5 by American Grace Min.

Keothavong, who produced seven unforced errors in the encounter, was 5-2 ahead in the second set and on course to level the match.

However, the Briton fell apart as her opponent - ranked 178th in the world - won five straight games to progress to the second round.