2017 Australian Open: As it happened in Melbourne

28/01/2017

| Australian Open

Day 12

  • Gordon Reid (GBR) & Joachim Gerard (BEL) [2] beat Alfie Hewett (GBR) & Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(3)
  • Andy Lapthorne (GBR) beat Heath Davidson (AUS) in a walkover

Gordon Reid defeated countryman Alfie Hewett to claim the Australian Open wheelchair doubles title and a career grand slam.

Reid and partner Joachim Gerard saw off Hewett and Gustavo Fernandez in a final set tiebreak to add the Melbourne crown to Reid’s collection.

He won last year’s Wimbledon title alongside Hewett, having already triumphed twice at the French Open and once at the US.

Day 11

  • Andy Lapthorne (GBR) & David Wagner (USA) [1] beat Dylan Alcott (AUS) & Heath Davidson (AUS) [2] 6-3, 6-3
  • Andy Lapthorne (GBR) lost to Dylan Alcott (AUS) [1] 6-4, 6-1
  • Gordon Reid (GBR) & Joachim Gerard (BEL) [2] beat Maikel Scheffers (NED) & Ben Weekes (AUS) 6-0, 6-1
  • Alfie Hewett (GBR) & Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) beat Stephane Houdet (FRA) & Nicolas Peifer (FRA) [1] 1-6, 6-1, 10-7
  • Lucy Shuker (GBR) lost to Yui Kamiji (JPN) [2] 6-3, 6-2
  • Marjolein Buis (NED) & Lucy Shuker (GBR) lost to Jiske Griffioen (NED) & Aniek Van Koot (NED) [1] 7-5, 6-2
  • Emily Appleton (GBR) [4] lost to Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (CAN) [7] 6-2, 6-2

Andy Lapthorne and partner David Wagner ensured Britain has an Australian Open champion this year with victory over home hopes Dylan Alcott and Heath Davidson.

The Briton and his American partner triumphed 6-3, 6-3 in the quad wheelchair doubles final, although Australia’s Alcott claimed victory over Lapthorne in their earlier quad singles encounter.

Britain is guaranteed another champion on Friday when Gordon Reid and partner Joachim Gerard face Alfie Hewett and Stephane Houdet in the men’s wheelchair doubles final.

Reid suffered a shock defeat in Wednesday’s singles at the hands of his Belgian partner Gerard, but the rivals turned team-mates on Thursday to knock out Maikel Scheffers and Ben Weekes in straight sets.

Hewett and Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez defeated French top seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer in a far tighter affair, coming through a final-set tiebreaker to secure their place in the final.

In other action, Britain’s Lucy Shuker lost to Japan’s second seed Yui Kamiji in the last four of the women’s wheelchair singles, while Emily Appleton went out in the quarter finals of the girls’ singles at the hands of Canadian Bianca Vanessa Andreescu.

Day 10

  • Johanna Konta (GBR) [9] lost to Serena Williams (USA) (2) 6-2, 6-3
  • Gordon Reid (GBR) [1] lost to Joachim Gerard (BEL) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
  • Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) [6] lost to Marta Kostyuk (UKR) [11] 6-7(5) 6-1, 6-4
  • Emily Appleton (GBR) [4] beat Yuki Naito (JPN) [14] 0-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • Alfie Hewett (GBR) lost to Stephane Houdet (FRA) [2] 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
  • Andy Lapthorne (GBR) beat David Wagner (USA) [2] 6-3, 6-3
  • Lucy Shuker (GBR) beat Marjolein Buis (NED) 6-2, 6-3
  • Finn Bass (GBR) & Trent Bryde (USA) [8] lost to Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE) & Lingxi Zhao (CHN) [4] 3-6, 6-0, 10-2
  • Emily Appleton (GBR) & Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) [1] lost to Caty McNally (USA) & Natasha Subhash (USA) [5] 6-4, 6-3
  • Ali Collins (GBR) & Jule Niemeier (GER) lost to Bianca Vanessa Andreescu (CAN) & Carson Branstine (USA) (3) 6-4, 1-6, 10-3

Johanna Konta’s winning streak was brought to an end by a formidable Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter finals.

The British No.1 went into her first meeting with the American having claimed nine wins in a row Down Under but could not match her opponent’s power under the baking Melbourne sun.

Williams, 35, needed just an hour and 15 minutes to wrap up the 6-2, 6-3 victory, returning excellently against Konta’s dangerous serve and reigning down some big shots on her 25-year-old opponent.

There were, however, signs of hope for the Briton, who broke Williams in the second set as her first-serve percentage dropped to 42%.

Wednesday’s defeat was Konta’s first match against the 22-time grand slam champion and she vowed to come back stronger for the experience.

"There's so many things I can learn from that," Konta said. "I don't think there's one player that goes up against her and feels they've got much of a say in the matches.

"She's able to really make sure that the points are on her terms.

“Even if she's on the defence, it makes you feel that you have to do more with the ball. She makes you feel that pressure."

Elsewhere, Britain’s No.1 seed Gordon Reid lost to Belgium’s Joachim Gerard in the quarter finals of the men’s wheelchair singles, going down 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in two hours and seven minutes.

Day 9

  • Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) [6] beat Michaela Haet (AUS) 6-4, 6-4
  • Emily Appleton (GBR) & Jodie Anna Burrage (GBR) [1] beat Oleksandra Andrieieva (UKR) & Sofya Lansere (RUS) 6-4, 6-4
  • Jack Molloy (GBR) Barnaby Smith (GBR) lost to Alexei Popyrin (AUS) & Kacper Zuk (POL) [5] 5-7, 6-3, 13-11
  • Simon Carr (IRL) & Max Stewart (GBR) lost to Toru Horie (JPN) & Yibing Wu (CHN) [1] 6-4, 6-4
  • Finn Bass (GBR) & Trent Bryde (USA) [8] beat Menelaos Efstathiou (CYP) & Eleftherios Neos (CYP) 6-4, 6-3
  • Ali Collins (GBR) & Jule Niemeier (GER) beat Federica Bilardo (ITA) & Tatiana Pieri (ITA) 6-3, 6-2

Jodie Anna Burrage knocked out home hope Michaela Haet on a strong day of junior action for Britain in Melbourne.

The No.6 seed needed just an hour and 16 minutes to see off her Australian opponent and set up a third-round clash with Ukraine’s 11th seed Marta Kostyuk.

Burrage was also in winning form with doubles partner Emily Appleton as the British duo defeated Oleksandra Andrieieva and Sofya Lansere in straight sets.

Elsewhere, British youngster Finn Bass and his American partner Trent Bryde came through their encounter with the Cypriot duo of Menelaos Efstathiou and Eleftherios Neos, while Ali Collins and Germany’s Jule Niemeier defeated Italy’s Federica Bilardo and Tatiana Pieri in straight sets.

Day 8

  • Johanna Konta (GBR) [9] beats Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) [30] 6-1, 6-4
  • Finn Bass (GBR) loses to Yibing Wu (CHN) [1] 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Emily Appleton (GBR) [4] beats Seone Mendez (AUS) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Finn Bass (GBR) [8] & Trent Bryde (USA) [8] beat Alexander Crnokrak (AUS) & Dane Sweeny (AUS) 6-0, 6-2
  • Jack Molloy (GBR) & Barnaby Smith (GBR) beat Chase Ferguson (AUS) & Bernard Bruno Nkomba (AUS) 2-6, 7-6(5), 11-9
  • Max Stewart (GBR) & Simon Carr (IRL) 3-6, 6-1, 16-14 beat Dan Added (FRA) & Matteo Martineau (FRA)

Johanna Konta made quick work of her fourth-round encounter with Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Monday to set up a first-ever meeting with Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter finals.

As a young girl wanting to be a tennis player, it's an incredible honour.

It was Jo's ninth match win in a row and the 25-year-old is playing the best tennis of her career going into Wednesday's last eight match-up against Serena Williams.

She has yet to drop a set in Melbourne and despite being 4-1 down to Makarova in the second set, rallied to take the next five games consecutively to win out 6-1, 6-4.

Looking ahead to the meeting with Williams, Konta said: "I will cherish every single minute out there. She is one of the few players who is still playing who I watched growing up. As a young girl wanting to be a tennis player, it's an incredible honour. I can't wait to share the court with her."

Day 7

  • Andy Murray (GBR) [1] loses to Mischa Zverev (GER) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
  • Dan Evans (GBR) loses to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-4, 6-4
  • Dominic Inglot (GBR) [16] & Florin Mergea (ROU) [16] lose to Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) [1] & Nicolas Mahut (FRA) [1] 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

Andy Murray’s bid for a first Australian Open title ended at the fourth round stage after a shock defeat to Germany’s Mischa Zverev.

Zverev, ranked 50 in the world, pulled off one of the surprises of the tournament against an out-of-sorts Murray. It is the first time since 2009 that the British World No.1 has not made it through to the last eight in Melbourne.

I get a bit of time off now and try to learn from it.

"It's a tough loss at one of the biggest events and one that I wanted to do better at," Murray said. "I get a bit of time off now and try to learn from it and try to understand what I could have done a little bit better, and then come back and try again."

Dan Evans’ career-best run at a grand slam also ended on Sunday at the hands of French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Though Evans took the first set after a tiebreak, Tsonga’s height and strength advantage eventually told to end the run of the 26-year-old Birmingham-born player that has seen him chalk up wins against high-profile opponents Marin Cilic and Bernard Tomic.

Day 6

  • Johanna Konta (GBR) [9] beats Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) [17] 6-3, 6-1

Johanna Konta cruised through to the fourth round of the Australian Open after a 6-3, 6-1 victory over the former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki.

The 25-year-old took just 75 minutes to beat the Dane in straight sets, with Jo racking up a total of 31 winners to just six from Wozniacki.

"I definitely played at a high level today," she said. "Caroline really makes you work for it and doesn't give you anything, so I am happy with my level.

"I knew it would be incredibly tough and I wanted to assert myself from the get-go and play the match I wanted to play."

Konta will face Ekaterina Makarova next in a rematch from the same stage last year after the Russian upset sixth seed Dominika Cibulkova.

"We had an incredibly close fourth round here last year," said Jo. "I beat her 8-6 in the third. You don’t have any easy matches at this stage."

Day 5

  • Dan Evans (GBR) beats Bernard Tomic (AUS) [27] 7-5, 7-6(2), 7-6(3)
  • Andy Murray (GBR) [1] beats Sam Querrey (USA) [31] 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
  • Dominic Inglot (GBR) & Florian Mergea (ROU) beat Julien Benneteau (FRA) & Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 3-6 7-6(5) 7-6(2)

Dan Evans has progressed to the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career after a stunning success against Australian Bernard Tomic in Melbourne on Friday.

The straight-sets win continues an incredible tournament run for the World No.51 after he dispatched seventh seed Marin Cilic in the previous round.

Evans took the match to his opponent from the off, and held firm under pressure late in the second and third sets to follow up the best win of his career against Cilic with another sensational result.

Rain stopped play at 5-5 in the third, but Evans did not let the stoppage affect his concentration as he saw off the 27th seed, hitting a pair of sumptuous lobs from deep in the court in the penultimate game.

Evans will face French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round and will be joined in the last 16 by the World No.1 Andy Murray.

Murray made sure of his progression earlier in the day with a consummate victory over American Sam Querrey as he continues his bid to secure a first Australian Open title.

Murray will meet Germany's Mischa Zverev, the world number 50, in the last 16.

It is the first time that two British men have made it through to the fourth round of the Australian Open since 2001.

In the men's doubles, Brit Dominic Inglot and partner Florin Mergea beat the French pair of Julien Benneteau and Jeremy Chardy to progress through to the third round of doubles competition.

Day 4

  • Johanna Konta (GBR) [9] beats Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6-3 6-2
  • Ken Skupski (GBR) & Neal Skupski (GBR) lose to Juan Sebastian Cabal (COL) & Robert Farah (COL) [14] 6-3 6-4
  • Kyle Edmund (GBR) loses to Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP) [30] 6-2 6-4 6-2
  • Heather Watson (GBR) loses to Jennifer Brady (USA) 2-6 7-6(3) 10-8
  • Jamie Murray (GBR) & Bruno Soares (BRA) [2] lose to Sam Querrey (USA) & Donald Young (USA) 6-3 7-6(5)

Johanna Konta eased her way into the third round but Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund were knocked out on a mixed day for Britons at the Australian Open.

Defending champions Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares fell in the men’s doubles first round, with Ken and Neal Skupski also suffering an early defeat.

Konta, seeded ninth, swept past Japan’s 19-year-old Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-2 in just an hour and nine minutes to set up a third-round clash with No.17 seed Caroline Wozniacki.

It was a regulation victory for the British No.1 against the big-serving Osaka and she appears to have every chance of going one better than the semi-final she reached in Melbourne a year ago.

"She is one of the up and coming players and she's had some really impressive results over the last 12 months or so," Konta said.

"I played her once before, we had a tough battle and it was the same today. I knew I had to give it my best on every single point."

Watson had five match points against Jennifer Brady but eventually lost out to the American qualifier 2-6 7-6(3) 10-8.

Edmund impressed in his opening round victory over Santiago Giraldo but could not reach the same heights against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in round two, losing 6-2 6-4 6-2.

Murray and Soares lifted the men’s doubles title in Melbourne a year ago but fell in the first round after a tough draw against American duo Sam Querrey and Donald Young 6-3 7-6(5).

Ken and Neal Skupski lost to Colombian 14th seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in straight sets 6-3 6-4.

Day 3

  • Dan Evans (GBR) beats Marin Cilic (CRO) [7] 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3
  • Andy Murray (GBR) [1] beats Andrey Rublev (RUS) 6-3 6-0 6-2
  • Dom Inglot (GBR) & Florin Mergea (ROM) [16] beat Jordan Thompson (AUS) & Luke Saville (AUS) 6-2 7-5
  • Heather Watson (GBR) & Naomi Broady (GBR) lose to Karin Knapp (ITA) & Mandy Minella (LUX) 7-5 2-6 7-6 (5)
  • Jocelyn Rae (GBR) & Anna Smith (GBR) lose to Sania Mirza (IND) & Barbora Strycova (CZE) [4] 6-3 6-1 

Dan Evans proved he is in the form of his life with a sensational victory over seventh seed Marin Cilic in the second round of the Australian Open.

Joining him in the third round is world No.1 Andy Murray, who breezed through his clash with Russian youngster Andrey Rublev in straight sets.

Evans recovered brilliantly from losing the opener to stun his opponent in four sets 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3.

The British No.3 is clearly enjoying his stay in Australia after reaching his maiden ATP Tour final in Sydney last week.

He backed that up with a first-round victory over Facundo Bagnis in straight sets on Monday, but his emphatic win over Cilic saw him reach new heights in Melbourne. He has never been beyond the opening round in the first slam of the year.

Things looked a little ominous for Evans after the Croatian took the first set in 33 minutes, with Evans failing to convert rallies despite appearing to have the measure of Cilic’s booming serve.

Evans had the trainer on in the first set to look at an eye problem, but his vision soon cleared and he whipped up the crowd as he took the fight to Cilic.

2014 US Open champion Cilic has previously made it all the way to the semi-finals in Melbourne, but the 28-year-old seemed to wilt under the pressure Evans was building.

Evans had too much stamina for his bigger opponent and held his nerve to close out the match, reaching the third round of a slam for just the fourth time in his career. He will face either Australia’s 27th seed Bernard Tomic or the Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos.

Murray survived a minor injury scare to cruise through to the third round in straight sets 6-3 6-0 6-2 as he hunts his first Australian Open title.

The 29-year-old fell to the floor in the third set after appearing to roll his ankle and needed the trainer on court to inspect the damage.

However, apart from the odd grimace and gesture to his coach Ivan Lendl, Murray was soon back at full throttle, swatting aside the world No.152.

Next up for Murray is the big-serving American Sam Querrey.

In doubles action, Britain’s Dom Inglot and partner Florin Mergea moved into the next round after defeating the Australian duo of Jordan Thompson and Luke Saville in straight sets 6-2 7-5.

There was disappointment however for Heather Watson and Naomi Broady, who lost in the opening round to Italy's Karin Knapp and Luxembourg's Mandy Minella 7-5 2-6 7-6 (5). 

It also wasn't to be for British duo Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith, as they bowed out in round one to fouth seeds Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova 6-3 6-1.

Day 2

  • Johanna Konta (GBR) [9] beats Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 7-5, 6-2
  • Heather Watson (GBR) beats Sam Stosur (AUS) [18] 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
  • Kyle Edmund (GBR) beats Santiago Giraldo (COL) 6-2, 7-5, 6-3
  • Naomi Broady (GBR) loses to Daria Gavrilova (AUS) [22] 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Britain can enjoy the feeling of five players in the second round of the Australian Open for the first time since 1987 after Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Kyle Edmund all won in Melbourne.

Andy Murray and Dan Evans had already secured their places in the next round after victories on Monday and Konta was quick to join them, seeing off Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2.

A lot has happened in the last year and I'm just enjoying playing and trying to get better every day.

The British No.1 made a stunning run to the semi-finals a year ago and is already in fine form this season, having secured her second career WTA Tour title with victory in Sydney last week.

Flipkens fought hard in the first set and secured a break with Konta serving for the set at 5-4, but the Briton broke back before holding to love to claim the first set in 51 minutes.

The second set was a much simpler affair as Konta wrapped up the victory in 1 hour and 36 minutes.

"It was incredibly tricky,” Konta said. “She has the kind of game that can trouble any player. I tried to play myself into the match and I'm happy to be through.

“A lot has happened in the last year and I'm just enjoying playing and trying to get better every day."

In other action, British No.2 Heather Watson claimed an impressive win over 18th seed Sam Stosur, sinking the Australian 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 in 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Former US Open champion Stosur broke Watson in the opening game and again early in the second set, but the Briton dug deep to defeat the woman ranked 60 places above her.

“I’m just really pleased with how I stuck it out and fought for every point," Watson said. "I'm feeling really motivated, and I think that showed in my match today. I had a lot of energy and positive body language.”

Kyle Edmund also came through the gruelling Melbourne heat to defeat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, 6-3.

After being hit by cramp in his first-round match last year, Edmund appeared to cope better with the extreme temperatures 12 months later and will join Davis Cup team-mates Murray and Evans in the next phase.

"Last year was a very different scenario, so it was nice to concentrate on my tennis and let my body take care of me," Edmund said.

Konta next faces the 19-year-old Naomi Osaka, from Japan, Watson meets Jennifer Brady or Maryna Zanevska, and Edmund faces 30th seed Pablo Carreno Busta.

Naomi Broady narrowly missed out on joining Konta and Watson in the second round after losing to Australia’s Daria Gavrilova.

Competing in the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time, the British No.3 looked to be in charge after taking the first set in just 33 minutes.

But against a player ranked 70 places above her in the world rankings, Broady lost the second set and was then broken in the 12th game of the final set, to lose 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Day 1

  • Andy Murray (GBR) [1] beats Illya Marchenko (UKR) 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-2
  • Dan Evans (GBR) beats Facundo Bagnis (ARG) 7-6(8), 6-3, 6-1
  • Aljaz Bedene (GBR) loses to Victor Estrella Burgos (DMC) 7-6(7), 7-5, 0-6, 6-3

Andy Murray came through a tough first-round test as he spearheaded the British challenge on the opening day of the Australian Open.

Murray dug in to defeat World No.95 Illya Marchenko in straight sets 7-5, 7-6(5), 6-2, claiming his first grand slam victory as World No.1 in 2 hours and 48 minutes.

The Briton is hunting his first Australian Open title after five final defeats and was given a stern work-out by his Ukrainian opponent, who broke his more illustrious opponent in the opening game.

A frustrated Murray initially struggled to find his rhythm under the intense Melbourne sun but soon showed his trademark grit and determination to fight back to claim the first set in 55 minutes.

Rather than succumb to Murray’s intensity, Marchenko appeared to grow in confidence as the match progressed and dragged the second set to a tiebreak.

Murray again raised his game when it mattered most, fighting hard to win the tiebreak, before Marchenko wilted in the third set to allow Murray to cruise through to the second round and a tie with Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

It's maybe normal to feel a little bit slow on your feet or a bit heavy-legged in the first round.

“I didn't move that well. That's how it felt anyway,” Murray said. “But sometimes that can also be down to the conditions.

“The ball's flying through the air a little bit quicker, so the ball is coming onto you faster than what it was the last few days. Maybe I wasn't reacting as quickly as I would have liked.

“But maybe it was also nerves there in the first round as well. It's maybe normal to feel a little bit slow on your feet or a bit heavy-legged in the first round.”

In other action, Dan Evans followed up his heroics in Sydney with an impressive victory over Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis in straight sets.

World No.51 Evans, who reached his maiden ATP Tour final last week, came through a tough opening set against the man ranked just five places below him, saving three set points before forcing a tiebreak.

But while Evans might have scrapped his way to a first-set advantage, the following two were a matter of procedure and the 26-year-old eased through 7-6(8), 6-3, 6-1 to set up a second-round meeting with Marin Cilic.

Missing out on the next round will be British No.4 Aljaz Bedene, who lost out 7-6(7), 7-5, 0-6, 6-3 to Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos.

Bedene, 27, was 5-2 up in the opener against his 36-year-old opponent, but soon saw the first two sets slip away from him. He fought well to sweep the third, but could not hold off Burgos, who won in three hours and nine minutes.

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