Johanna Konta beaten by Agnieszka Radwanska in Sydney title defence

Elias Hubbard
January 10, 2018

Defending champion Johanna Konta suffered a reversal of last year's final when she was bundled out in the first round of the Sydney International tennis tournament by Agnieszka Radwanska, here Tuesday.

A surprising slide in the rankings to 28th meant former world number two Radwanska entered this week as an unseeded player, but she showed her quality in a 6-3 7-5 victory over British hope Konta. "I'm happy again with the different kind of players that I've played so I feel good going into Melbourne - as good as I can feel".

The good news is that Konta did not report any pain in her right hip, after being forced to retire during her quarter-final match in Brisbane last Thursday.

Radwanska, who was upset by American qualifier Sachia Vickery in the Auckland quarter-finals last week, will now meet another American qualifier Catherine Bellis in the second round in Sydney. It was a top-10 level match with some ups and downs, breaks along the way.

Second seed Williams was beaten 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 by Angelique Kerber in under two hours, with the German fighting back to seal her place in the last eight as Williams struggled with her serve.

There were no such problematic weather interruptions at the Hobart International.

Former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur won her first-round match, beating Carina Witthoeft 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Coming off a week in which he toppled Milos Raonic on his way to the Brisbane semi-finals, De Minaur backed up strongly with a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Spanish left-hander.

Radwanska said of her win, according to "I'm just so happy to play such a great match before the Australian Open".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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