|Australian Open 2019|
|Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 14-27 January|
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Britain’s Johanna Konta was knocked out of the Australian Open in a second-round match towards Garbine Muguruza which completed at 03:12 native time.
Konta, 27, misplaced 6-Four 6-7 (3-7) 7-5 in Melbourne in one of many newest finishes within the match’s historical past.
Spaniard Muguruza, 25, nicked a decent last set in entrance of about 250 remaining followers on Margaret Courtroom Enviornment.
“I can not imagine there are individuals watching us at 3:15am,” the two-time Grand Slam champion mentioned.
“We play for you guys watching – in any other case why are we right here?”
The 18th seed took her first match level to win in two hours 42 minutes.
“It was very powerful. Johanna performed superb, serving extremely and hitting huge pictures,” Muguruza mentioned.
“I simply tried to hold in there.”
Rain and prolonged matches earlier on day 4 meant Konta and Muguruza didn’t begin till 00:30 native time.
Muguruza will face Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky within the third spherical.
Konta pipped in match which neither deserved to lose
The gamers didn’t stroll out on to Melbourne Park’s second present court docket till 00:22 native time after the ultimate match of the day was pushed again on account of Kei Nishikori’s win over Ivo Karlovic and Alexander Zverev’s victory towards Jeremy Chardy each taking virtually 4 hours.
When the match between Zverev and Chardy went right into a fifth set, match organisers had been planning to change the match to court docket three – however halted that plan with fourth seed Zverev rattling in direction of victory.
British primary Konta threw the primary ball at 00:30 native time in what was an eerie environment in entrance of a sparse crowd within the 10,000-seat enviornment.
Regardless of the enforced wait, each ladies produced a high-quality match through which they supplied reminders of their pedigrees after falling down the rankings in latest instances.
The match may have swung both means, with defeat harsh on whoever ended up the loser.
Konta hit a forehand into the web after Muguruza upped the ante to clinch victory with solely the second break of the match.