Johanna Konta beaten by Garbine Muguruza in Australian Open | Tennis News |

Johanna Konta beaten by Garbine Muguruza in Australian Open | Tennis News |

Johanna Konta beaten by Garbine Muguruza in Australian Open | Tennis News |

Britain’s Johanna Konta plays a backhand return to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza during their women’s singles match on day four of the Australian Open

Johanna Konta became the final Brit to depart the Australian Open but only after an epic three-set defeat to Garbine Murguruza that finished at 3.12am local time.

Having been slated for day four in Melbourne, the action actually got under way on day five, with their 12.30am start local time the latest in Australian Open history – and, as the clock went beyond 3am, it was the Spaniard who finally emerged triumphant.

Konta’s defeat now means all eight British players who entered the singles events at the year’s opening major crashed out before the third round, but none depart with as much credit as her.

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