Australian Open 2024: Results & updates
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Get the latest results and updates from the British tennis stars competing at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park from 14-28 January.
- Alfie Hewett misses out on wheelchair singles title to Tokito Oda, 6-2, 6-4
- Hewett and Gordon Reid clinch fifth consecutive doubles title in Melbourne with straight sets win over Takuya Miki and Oda
- Andy Lapthorne wins quad doubles title with David Wagner
- Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk finish mixed doubles runners-up
- Viktor Frydrych and Petr Brunclik end as boys' doubles runners-up
- Xu missed out in junior girls' quarter-final
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Day 14: Hewett loses out to Oda in singles final showdown
Alfie Hewett has missed out on the chance to defend his Australian Open singles title, after being defeated by Tokito Oda 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
Just 24 hours ago, Hewett joined forces with Gordon Reid to lift the pair's fifth Australian Open men's wheelchair doubles title on the bounce - defeating Japanese duo Takuya Miki and Oda in straight sets.
Facing Oda in the singles final was always going to be a tough ask, despite the Brit leading 6-4 in the head-to-head going into the match.
A strong start from both players saw little separate the two, but it was the 17-year-old who eyed the early the breakthrough at 2-2. After drawing out the unforced error from Hewett to secure the first break of the match, Oda rallied to win the next three games in a row to seal the set.
With plenty of work for the Brit to do to turn the match around, second seed Oda pressed to carry the momentum with him into the second set. A tough opening service game for the Hewett was capped off with a backhand winner from the Japanese youngster to clinch yet another break and take the reigns to push ahead.
From then on, Oda proved too strong to break down as he racked up an impressive 29 winners in an hour and 31 minutes. The world No.2 shook off any signs of nerves when serving for the title, and eventually secured his maiden Australian Open singles trophy on his second championship point.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have won their fifth successive Australian Open wheelchair doubles crown and 19th Grand Slam doubles title overall. Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner edge match deciding tie-break to seal quad doubles title. Meanwhile, Neal Skupski finished runner-up in the mixed doubles with Desirae Krawcyzk.
Hewett and Reid etched their names into a fifth successive Australian Open doubles trophy after defeating Tokito Oda and Takusi Miki 6-3, 6-2 in the final showdown. This final marked the pair’s 17th men’s doubles final in the last 18 Grand Slams.
An enthralling wheelchair doubles saw the 19-time Grand Slam champions looked to make a fast start, as they raced ahead to a 3-0 lead. However, the Japanese duo soon found their rhythm as they reeled off three games in a row to get the opener back on level terms.
It didn’t take long for the British powerhouses to turn the tides, as they strung together three games of their own before closing in on the set with a hold to 15.
Into the second set they went and Hewett and Reid continued to dictate and dominate on the crucial points, racking up an impressive 32 winners. Undoubtedly the point of the match came at 2-1 in the second when a 38-shot rally saw the Brits come out on top to secure the break before consolidating to put themselves within touching distance of the silverware once again.
With the Miki and Oda serving to stay in the match, the Brits looked to wrap up the win as quickly as they could. Having forced the Japanese duo to deuce, Reid hit a forehand volley to draw out the backhand unforced error from their opponents to secure their 19th Grand Slam trophy together in style.
This title marked Reid’s 100th career doubles title across the junior and senior game and Hewett’s 79th.
Meanwhile in the quad doubles draw, Lapthorne and American partner David Wagner have secured their ninth Grand Slam doubles title together, having edged Ronald Ramphadi and Guy Sasson 6-4, 3-6, 10-2 in one hour and 39 minutes. This trophy comes 10 years after they clinched their first Slam title at the Australian Open.
Having already knocked out second seeds Heath Davidson and Robert Shaw 6-3, 6-2 earlier in the day, the British, American duo looked to pick up where they left off as they raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set before breaking Sasson once again to take the opener.
However, the momentum shifted the way of Ramphadi and Sasson in the second with the pair hunting down a break to force a deciding match tie-break. From then on, the British, American duo channelled all of their energy and experience to reel off six consecutive points before sealing victory on their second championship point.
Skupski and Krawczyk lost out to Su-wei Hsieh and Jan Zielinski 6-7(5), 6-4, 11-9 to finish their Australian Open campaign as mixed doubles runners-up.
The pair, who are two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles champions, came through a tight opening set which saw them edge the tie-break. With the British, American pair looking to keep the momentum going in the second, they soon raced ahead to a 4-2 lead before losing three games in a row and gift the Taiwanese, Polish duo the chance to serve for the set.
Skupski and Krawczyk had the opportunity to close out the match in the deciding tie-break, with the pair setting up championship point, but couldn't quite get over the line. From then, it was over to Hsieh and Zielinski who eventually wrapped up their first Grand Slam title together on their first championship point.
In the junior draw, Britain's Viktor Frydrych finished runner-up in the junior boys' doubles final alongside Petr Brunclik. The pair put in an incredible effort to stretch opponents Maxwell Exsted and Cooper Woestendick but just lost out in a 6-3, 7-5 defeat. In the girls' doublse semi-final, Mimi Xu and Hannah Klugman missed out in the match deciding tie-break to Maya Joint and Kristiana Sidorova, 6-3, 1-6, 10-8 - follow all the Brits’ draws and results.
Alfie Hewett is still on track to defend his wheelchair singles crown after the world No.1 powered past Belgium's Joachim Gerard 6-4, 6-1 to reach his fourth successive final at Melbourne Park, meanwhile Gordon Reid missed out in a hard-fought battle against Tokito Oda, 7-6(4), 7-5.
Unbeaten against Gerard in their previous four encounters, including two this season at the Victorian Open and the Melbourne Open, Hewett stormed ahead to a 5-2 lead before the Belgian rallied to win the next two games. However, the defending champion soon re-grouped to break Gerard to love and take the set.
From then on out, it was one-way traffic as the Brit moved 5-0 up in the second set to put the match beyond doubt. With a place in his 17th Grand Slam final on the line, Hewett channelled all of his experience to serve out the match to love, in a final game that consisted of three emphatic forehand winners from the Brit.
He'll now take on world No.2 Oda in Saturday's final, after the Japanese 17-year-old edged Reid in a tight semi-final clash.
A match of fine margins saw Oda seal the opening set tie-break before going on a late charge in the second to break the Brit, as he secured victory with a forehand winner.
Hewett and Reid were set to join forces for their men's doubles semi-final contest against Daisuke Arai and Takashi Sanada, but heavy rain in Melbourne has led that match to be rescheduled, alongside Andy Lapthorne and David Wagner's quad doubles semi-final against Heath Davidson and Robert Shaw.
These semi-finals and finals will now take place on Friday 26 January.
Meanwhile, Mimi Xu's junior singles quarter-final match was suspended due to rain, with the Brit eventually bowing out once play resumed - follow all the Brits’ draws and results.
Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk are just one win away from their third Grand Slam title together after reaching the mixed doubles final in Melbourne.
The second seeds came back from 4-2 and break points down in the first set to defeat home favourites Olivia Gadecki and Marc Polmans 6-4, 6-1.
Despite a brilliant start from the Australians, a brace of doubles faults from Gadecki midway through the opener and some big hitting from Skupski off the forehand turned momentum in their favour.
They won nine of the next 10 games – including three breaks of serve – in what ended up becoming a relatively routine win for the two-time Wimbledon champions.
Standing in the way of completing their Grand Slam hat-trick will be third seeds Su-Wei Hsieh and Jan Zielinski in the final on Friday.
Aiming to defend his singles title at Melbourne Park, Hewett wasted no time in securing his place in the final four as he knocked out Chilean Alexander Cataldo 6-0, 6-2 in just 51 minutes.
Meanwhile, Reid put in a strong performance against world No.11 Tom Egberink to defeat the Dutchman 7-5, 6-2 out on Court 5.
Hewett moves on to face familiar opponent Joachim Gerard in the semis, with Reid set to take on second seed and last year’s Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion, Tokito Oda.
Hewett and Gerard have played 37 times before, with the Briton holding a 59% winning record (22-15). Reid however will be looking to clinch his second win over Oda in what will be their seventh meeting.
Should both players win their semi-final matches, it would be the second successive all-British wheelchair men's singles final at a Grand Slam.
The British duo also combined for a dominant 6-1, 6-0 win over Australian’s Anderson Parker and Ben Weekes in the men’s doubles. Their quest for a fifth consecutive Australian Open title will see them face Daisuke Arai and Takashi Sanada in the semi-finals.
Lapthorne and Wagner are set for another meeting with second seeds Heath Davidson and Robert Shaw in the quad doubles semi-finals. The British, American team knocked out Ali Ataman and Ymanitu Silva 6-0, 6-1 in the opening round.
Lapthorne last faced Davidson and Shaw in a Grand Slam at Roland Garros en route to winning his 14th major doubles title.
However, the British quad No.1 exited in the second round of the singles to world No.2 Sam Schroder 6-1, 6-0.
On his quad doubles debut, Slade and Australia’s Finn Broadbent lost 6-0, 6-0 to Davidson and Shaw.
Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk are currently in mixed doubles semi-finals action against Australian duo Olivia Gadecki and Marc Polmans.
In the juniors, Mimi Xu is the only Brit through to the singles quarter-finals - follow all the Brits’ draws and results.
They'll continue their quest for a third mixed doubles Grand Slam title together to add to their two Wimbledon titles on Wednesday, where they'll face all-Australian duo Marc Polmans and Olivia Gadecki.
World No.1 and defending champion Hewett made a strong start to his Australian Open campaign after knocking out Japan's Takashi Sanada, 6-1, 7-5.
Hewett held firm behind his first serve and capitalised on his opportunities to break Sanada five times across the match to book his spot in the second round, where he'll face Chile's Alexander Cataldo.
Fourth seed Reid also clinched a comfortable win on his first match at Melbourne Park, defeating the Netherlands' Maikel Scheffers 6-1, 6-2.
Reid's dominant performance sees him set up a quarter-final clash against another Dutch opponent, Tom Egberink.
Moving onto the quad singles draw, where Lapthorne edged Diego Perez 6-4, 7-6(1) in an hour and 25 minutes to move into the quarter-finals.
Despite both players finding breaks of their own, it was the Brit who held his nerve in the second set tie-break, as he sealed victory with a backhand winner. He'll face second seed Sam Schroder in the next round.
Unfortuantely, it wasn't meant to be for wild card Slade on his debut in Melbourne, with the British youngster bowing out to Francisco Cayulef 6-3, 7-6(3).
In the women's draw, Shuker faced a difficult challenge in world No.1 Diede de Groot who claimed the calendar Slam for the last three years in a row. Despite strong efforts from the Brit, she eventually missed out 6-3, 6-1.
Four-time defending Australian Open doubles champions Hewett and Reid will be back in action on Wednesday to begin their title defence.
Elsewhere, there were losses for Isabelle Lacy, Hephzibah Oluwadare and Benjamin Gusic Wan in the junior singles draw - follow all the Brits’ draws and results.
Cam Norrie exited the Australian Open in the fourth round after a five-set thriller against sixth seed Alexander Zverev.
Norrie put in a gutsy performance to force Zverev to a tie-break decider but eventually lost out to the German 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(10-3).
There was however plenty to celebrate in the mixed doubles as Salisbury and Heather Watson booked a quarter-final against Skupski and Desirae Krwczyk - guaranteeing a Brit in the semis.
Despite going a set behind twice in the match, Norrie continued to raise his game and find a way back into contention.
Zverev had led by a set and a break as he aimed to keep his 100% record against Norrie, but the British No.1 reignited the aggressive approach that saw him come through against 11th seed Casper Ruud and won the last four games of the set to draw level.
Momentum once again tilted in the German’s favour in the third in arguably his best period of the match, but Norrie was able to bounce back again in the fourth. The British No.1's resilience is often his biggest weapon and so it proved to be as Zverev fired wide twice, before a drop shot winner gave Norrie a much-needed break and with it, the set.
Norrie just kept bouncing back from everything Zverev threw at him. The German took an early break in the decider, Norrie came straight back; Zverev had three break points at 3-3, the Briton found a way to grind out the game; he couldn’t shake him off. On they went to the match tie-break.
Having started the tie-break with an outrageous drop shot winner, it was the same shot that let the Brit down twice in a row to give Zverev the advantage. A costly double fault from Norrie and some heavy ball striking from the German gave him an 8-2 lead, before seeing out the match in four hours and nine minutes.
Fifth seeds Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez lost out to Uruguay’s Ariel Behar and Czech Republic’s Adam Pavlasek 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-4.
Meanwhile, Brisbane International champions Glasspool and Jean-Julien Rojer were defeated by Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(10-3).
After a rather one-sided first set, Skupski and Gonzalez found themselves on the back-foot early in what proved to be a pivotal second set. They managed to come back from 4-1 down to get back on level terms, but it was Behar and Pavlasek who won the first six consecutive points on the tie-break as the levelled the match at one apiece.
Momentum swung in their favour as they broke again in the first game of the third set and went on to lose just five points on serve in the decider.
Despite falling a break behind in the first set of the match, Glasspool and Jean-Julien Rojer looked to have command on their third round tie as they won the last four games of the opening set.
From there however, Nys and Zielinski wouldn’t be broken for the rest of the match an proved the better team in the bigger moments. They broke at 5-4 up in the second to claim the set, before a dominant display in the deciding match-tie break rounded off the win in two hours and 28 minutes.
British alternates Joe Salisbury and Heather Watson have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open mixed doubles with an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over eighth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Ellen Perez.
Salisbury and Watson will face another Brit in the next round as they get set to face two-time Wimbledon champions Neal Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk.
However, Jamie Murray and Yana Sizikova lost against Gabriela Dabrowski and Nathaniel Lammons 6-3, 6-4.
Elsewhere, there were wins for Hannah Klugman, Mingge Xu and Mika Stojsavljevic in the girls’ singles draws – follow all the Brits’ draws and results.
Third seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram suffered a shock exit in the third round at the Australian Open against singles stars Tomas Mahac and Zhizhen Zhang.
Mahac and Zhang played two sets of flawless doubles to come back from a set down to beat the former champions 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
It was a comfortable start for the four-time major champions who lost just seven points on serve in the opening set. The pair got their break in the fourth game before taking a one set lead after just 28 minutes.
Mahac and Zhang had never played doubles together before this week and as the match progressed, there was a feeling they were growing more and more comfortable in each other’s game. Two very talented singles players, the pair started to showcase their full arsenal of shots from the second set.
Once the Czech, Chinese duo managed to pull off their first break of serve early in the second, they started to play more aggressive and on the front foot.
The break proved to be a turning point in the match as they went on to hit an impressive 40 winners to Salisbury and Ram’s 13 in the final two sets. The US Open champions were unable to find the answers to Machac and Zhang’s relentless attacks and a double break in the decider sealed their fate.
Mahac and Zhang move on to face another Brit in the quarter-finals as they take on Neal Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez.
There was little to split between the teams in the opening set, but Glasspool and Kudermetova always looked the more likely to make the breakthrough. The pair had break points in the first and seventh game of the match, but at 5-5 the British star took command against Krawczyk serve. He showed great hands at the net to put them in break point position, before overpowering the American at the baseline.
They struck again on Krawczyk’s serve early in the second as well, with Kudermetova continuing to find success picking away at Skupski off her return.
Glasspool had the chance to serve for the match at 5-4, but for the first time in the match, the pair started to tense up and out of nowhere, Skupski and Krawczyk completed back-to-back breaks to force the match into a decider.
In the biggest moments, the two-time Wimbledon champions showed their experience. Krawcyk’s wicked return gave them the mini-break at 8-7, before she put away two volley winners to seal the win in an hour and 40 minutes.
Elsewhere, eight British juniors are already through to the second round – follow all the Brits’ draws and results.
British No.1 Norrie recorded his biggest win at a Grand Slam to date by seeing off Ruud 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3 in three hours and six minutes.
Stepping on the John Cain Arena with a sea of British flags in the crowd, Norrie was first out of the blocks as he capitalised on an early break point on the Norweigan’s serve to take a 3-1 lead. Despite the Brit being a break to the good, Ruud continued to apply the pressure on the his serve but failed to find any entryway, as Norrie batted away five break points to edge his nose in front.
After levelling the scoreboard to a set apiece, the momentum appeared to shift in the direction of the world No.11 who hunted an early break in the third set. But the British No.1 stuck to his plan of dictating the points and coming forwards to the net, winning 40/55 of net points across the whole match.
With the pressure building on the Ruud serve, Norrie found himself back on the front foot – securing a vital break at 5-4 to put himself within touching distance of a place in the second week at Melbourne Park.
Another worldclass volley at the net was all that was needed for Norrie to grasp the fatal break and take a 4-1 lead in the fourth set. The Brit swallowed any signs of nerves as he stepped up to the baseline to serve it out for the match - confirming the victory with an overhead smash at the net on his first match point.
Glasspool and Jean-Julien Rojer continued their impressive start to the 2024 season with the pair moving past Andre Goransson and Albano Olivetti, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2.
The British, Dutch partnership, who picked up their first title together just two weeks ago at the Brisbane International, remained clinical on serve - winning 78% of points off their first serve and saving 4/5 break points faced across the match.
The final set saw the 11th seeds find the double break to wrap up the win and set up a third round meeting against Polish pair Jan Zielinski and Hugo Nys.
It was a winning start for Murray and Yana Sizikova in the mixed doubles event, with the duo easing to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Nadiia Kichenkok and Maximo Gonzalez.
Two-time Wimbledon mixed doubles champions Skupski and Desirae Krawczyk got their campaign off to a flying start, also completing a 6-2, 6-2 win over Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Giuliana Olmos.
Skupski and Krawczyk will now battle against fellow Brit Glasspool and Veronika Kudermetova in the second round.
Britain's doubles stars were back in action at the Australian Open, with Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski punching their tickets to the third round, but it was the end of the road for Henry Patten, Jamie Murray and Sam Murray Sharan.
Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez came out on top against British counterpart Patten and Portugal's Francisco Cabral, 6-3, 6-4.
The newly formed British, Mexican pairing made little to no error during their service games, winning 86% of points off their first serve and didn't face a single break point across the match. Skupski and Gonzalez required just one break on their opponents serve in each set to get them over the line and into the third round.
Salisbury and Rajeev Ram's dominant display against Daniel Altmaier and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela, 6-2, 6-4.
The three-time US Open champions sprinted ahead to a one set lead after clinching the double break in the opener, before easing to victory in an hour and eight minutes on their first match point.
Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be for Murray and Kiwi partner Michael Venus in Melbourne Park this year. Contesting their first round match, Murray and Venus lost out to Ariel Behar and Adam Pavlasek, 6-2, 6-4.
In the women's draw Murray Sharan and Angelica Moatelli lost out in a tight three set battle to Hungarian duo Timea Babos and Anna Bondar, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.
The mixed doubles draw also got underway on day six at Melbourne Park, with Lloyd Glasspool and Veronika Kudermetova prevailing in the deciding tie-break against Taylor Townsend and Marcelo Melo, 7-6(6), 5-7, 11-9.
Meanwhile Salisbury returned to court with fellow Brit Heather Watson to dispatch Brazillian duo Rafael Matos and Luisa Stefani 6-3, 6-4.
Norrie came back from two sets down to defeat Italian qualifier Giulio Zeppieri 3-6, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in three hours and 29 minutes.
Meanwhile, Raduncanu went out in the second round to China's Yafan Wang 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 having battled with illness in the final set.
Boulter saved five match points against 12th seed Qinwen Zheng, but eventually lost to the Chinese No.1 6-3, 6-3.
22-year-old Draper was denied a second win of the season over world No.14 Tommy Paul as the 2023 semi-finalist clinched a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over the young Brit.
British No.1 Norrie is set to take on 11th seed Casper Ruud next as he bids to make the fourth round at the Australian Open for the first time in his career.
Norrie was left with it all to do after losing the second set tie-break, but immediately got back on the front foot with pivotal breaks in the opening games of the third and fourth.
Despite facing a break point at 2-1 down in the decider, Norrie’s experience ultimately proved the difference. The 28-year-old held on and as the games started to get tighter and tighter, he got his breakthrough for a 5-4 lead, before serving out the match.
Raducanu got into a real battle in the last British singles match of the day. Wang got the better of the 2021 US Open champion in the first set and the 29-year-old’s consistency proved a continued frustration for the young Brit, who made 55 unforced errors in the match.
Raducanu looked to be heading for a quick exit after losing the first set and going a break behind in the second, but from there she kicked into life. The Brit pulled out some incredible winners off both wings to win five of the next six games and broke for a third time to level the match at one apiece.
It was a tough third set for Raducanu, who appeared to be struggling with sickness. She fought hard to overturn a break deficit and but couldn't capitalise on her seven opportunities to claw her way back into the match. Despite the Brit’s impressive 45 winners against the world No.94, Wang refused to surrender her lead and dug deep to serve out the victory in two hours and 56 minutes.
27-year-old Boulter responded well to back-to-back breaks at the end of the first set, to take a 3-2 lead in the second. She had the chance serve for a two game advantage but Zheng refused to let the big-hitting Brit out of sight. Like she did in the opener, Zheng clinched two consecutive breaks to wrestle momentum back in her favour.
The British No.1 had her chances throughout the match but the world No.15 managed to save seven of eight break points in the second set – including six in an 17 minute final game – to finish the match in an hour and 36 minutes.
Just two days after his five-set epic against Marcos Giron in the opening round, Draper showed little signs of fatigue against 14th seed, Paul.
Draper, who defeated Paul in Adelaide last week en route to the final, had trailed by a break in the fourth set, but forced his way back into contention with three games on the spin to go 3-2 up.
Paul hit two double faults on a nervy service game at 5-4 down and gave Draper two set points to level the match, but pushed two crucial forehands long. The American got his hold and went straight on the offensive, tying up the last three games to win the match.
Henry Patten became the fourth British doubles player through to the second round after he and Portuguese partner Francisco Cabral defeated Tristan Schoolkate and Adam Walton 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(10-4).
In the next round, they'll face fellow Brit Neal Skupski and his new partner, Santiago Gonzalez.
Glasspool kicked off proceedings alongside Frenchman Jean-Julien Rojer for this year's Australian summer swing with the pair earning their first Grand Slam victory over Tallon Griekspoor and Bart Stevens 7-6(2), 6-2.
After coming through a tight opening set against the Dutch duo, Glasspool and Rojer took their chances in the second set, clinching a double break before wrapping up the win on their fourth match point.
Meanwhile Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez got their doubles partnership off to the perfect start with a 7-6(6), 6-1 victory over Mackenzie McDonald and Boticvan de Zandschulp.
The British, Mexican duo are competing in their first tournament together since joining forces at the beginning of the year. Once the battled through the opening set tie-break, Skupski and Gonzalez kept their foot on the gas pedal in the second to seal victory in an hour and 23 minutes.
Capping off a successful day in the men's draw, Salisbury and American partner Rajeev Ram began their quest for a fifth Grand Slam title together with a straight sets victory over Matwe Middelkoop and Marcelo Melo, 7-6(4), 6-4.
The pair entered the tournament in fine form off the back of picking up their first title of the year at the Adelaide International.
Having edged their opponent in the tie-break, the multiple Grand Slam titleists successfully served out the match at the second time of asking as Ram hit a powerful overhead at the net to send the British, American duo through to the next round.
In the women's doubles draw, Watson and Italian partner Lucia Bronzetti bowed out in a first round defeat to Wang Yafan and Yue Yuan, 6-3, 6-3.
It's been a winning start for the Brits on day three of the Australian Open with straight set victories coming for Katie Boulter, Emma Raducanu and Cam Norrie, while Jack Draper fought back to win his first main draw match at Melbourne Park in a five-set epic.
Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be for Dan Evans who bowed out in his opening round contest.
British No.1 Boulter has booked her ticket to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2019 after prevailing in a tight contest against Yue Yuan, 7-5, 7-6(1).
The 27-year-old Brit - who recently clinched her first win against a top five player when she defeated world No.3 Jessica Pegula at the United Cup - hunted down the decisive break late in the opener to take the lead in the opening round battle.
Moving on into the second set and Boulter continued to strike with venom against the world No.73 - wracking up double the amount of winners as her opponent across the match (30).
Having clinched a second break, Boulter stepped up to the baseline to serve for the match but Yuan showed her resillience to immediately break back and force the tie-break. Ensuring she didn't make the same mistake twice, Boulter cruised to a 5-0 lead before wrapping up victory on her third match point with a thunderous forehand winner.
Meanwhile, Raducanu made a strong statement on her return to Grand Slam action as she rose to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Shelby Rogers.
This match marked the pair’s second career meeting, with the first coming during Raducanu’s historic US Open run back in 2021 when she dismantled Rogers 6-2, 6-1 en route to lifting the title.
Both players had their 2023 seasons hampered by injuries but it was Raducanu who made the first impression in the opening round battle. The Brit piled the pressure on the American from the get-go, causing Rogers to string together a series of unforced errors and gift Raducanu three break points which she soon capitalised on to get the early breakthrough.
Despite playing in only her second tournament since last April, Raducanu served with conviction throughout – dropping just three points behind her first serve across the match. With her foot on the gas pedal, the 2021 US Open Champion cruised ahead to a double break in the second set, thanks to her clean and powerful groundstrokes.
Stepping up to serve for the match, Raducanu capped off a comprehensive performance with a hold to love to secure her spot in the second round for the third consecutive year.
Draper has earned his first Australian Open main draw victory after coming out on top against American Marcos Giron in a gruelling five-set epic, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, while British No.1 Norrie breezed into the second round with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over Juan Pablo Varillas.
Arriving in Melbourne off the back of reaching his second ATP tour-level final, Draper was brimming with confidence against the world No.68. The opening set saw a turbulent start from both players, with five consecutive breaks of serve, but it was the Brit who settled first to eventually take an early lead.
However, the blistering heat soon took its toll, with Draper being forced to have his blood pressure taken on-court and going on to lose the next two sets in the opening round contest.
Just when it looked like he could be facing another first round exit at the first Grand Slam of the year, Draper dug deep to fight back - taking advantage of a dip in level from his opponent to rattle off eight games in a row before going on to secure his maiden five-set win with a thundering backhand down the line.
He'll now face 14ths seed Tommy Paul in the second round.
Meanwhile, Norrie enjoyed a straight sets victory against world No.81 Varillas on his return to Melbourne Park.
Having been forced to withdraw from his quarter-final match in Auckland, Norrie shook off any signs of wrist issues to save a break point on his opening service game before applying his own pressure on the Peruvian to find the only break of the set.
Norrie capitalised on his opponent's low first serve percentage (46%) in the second set to move ahead to a comfortable 4-0 lead in his opening contest. Working his way through the gears, the world No.22 dealt another double break in the third set to see Britain's highest ranked player move through to the next round where he will face qualifier Giulio Zeppieri.
It wasn’t to be for Evans who lost out to Lorenzo Sonego in an entertaining four-set battle lasting almost four hours, 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-2, 7-6(4).
After the opening set went the way of the British No.2, Sonego soon found his rhythm behind his first serve. A tight second set saw the Italian take the edge in the tie-break, before going on to put himself one set away from the second round.
Despite trailing two sets to one, Evans fought hard until the very end – putting in a valiant effort to save seven break points in a vital 13-minute game at 5-4 in the fourth set. With both players leaving it all out on the court it was the Italian who held firm when it mattered in the fourth set tie-break, as he secured the victory over the Brit.
Tuesday marked the start of the doubles draw, with Julian Cash and American partner Robert Galloway losing out in a 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 defeat to French singles stars Adrian Mannarino and Quentin Halys.
Five-time finalist Andy Murray was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open by 30th seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.
After a promising start to the match from Murray, the Argentinian wrestled momentum in his favour and closed out the victory in two hours and 24 minutes.
Inconsistencies on the first serve proved the difference in the opening set. Despite winning all but one point on his first serve throughout the set, Murray only managed to get 44% in compared to his opponent’s 67%. This proved costly for the Briton who was broke for a second time at 3-3 before the 30th seed served out a one set lead.
Trying to find the answers to an impressive performance from Etcheverry, Murray had to produce some magic to hold off three break points at the start of the second, but the Argentinian eventually got his reward at the fourth time of asking.
The former world No.1 looked like he was having difficulties with his movement towards back end of the set and Etcheverry was able to break once more to take a two set lead after an hour and 45 minutes.
It was only 12 months ago that Murray came back from two sets down to beat Thanasi Kokkinakis in Melbourne and the Brit is the all-time leader in wins from two set deficit – but this time, it wasn’t to be.
Murray was left clutching his hip after Etcheverry caught his out with an angled drop shot to clinch the decisive break in the third and from there, the Argentinian forced his way over the line.
Despite getting off to a flying start on her Australian Open main draw debut, British No.2 Jodie Burrage lost out to world No.81 Tamara Korpatsch 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the opening round in Melbourne.
Burrage dominated the opening set - dropping just two points on serve and returning well to break the German twice in the first six games.
The 24-year-old - who admitted she had been struggling with tonsilitis prior to her first round match - looked well on top going into the second set, however, Korpatsch quickly managed to regroup and began to nulify the Brit's baseline attacks. Burrage had an opportunity to break again early but soon found herself 4-2 down as Korpatsch eventually served it out to set up a decider after an hour and 20 minutes.
The German won their previous two encounters in Ningbo and Cluj-Napoca, and in the end, claimed her third victory over the Brit as a frustrated performance from Burrage in the final set gifted Korpatsch the first round win.