Konta shocks Williams in Melbourne

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Britain’s number one Johanna Konta outclassed eighth seed Venus Williams 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Konta, 24, raced to victory in 79 minutes as seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams, her left thigh heavily strapped, struggled.

“When the draw came out and saw who I was playing, I was just hoping to stay out there more than an hour,” she said.

Fellow Britons Andy Murray, Dan Evans and Aljaz Bedene also play on Tuesday.

Konta, who reached the last 16 at the US Open in 2015, will now face either Carina Witthoeft or Saisai Zheng, both unseeded, in the second round.

The Briton, who described Williams as her idol before the match, moved her 35-year-old opponent around the court to take control.

The world number 47 broke Williams twice in a 41-minute first set and then eased into a 5-0 lead in the second before the American rallied briefly.

But Konta held her nerve to secure a famous victory over the former world number one and former Australian Open finalist.

“Right now it is still very much a blur,” added Konta, who lost in the first round at her two warm-up tournaments.

“I played two previous tournaments and I didn’t quite get the results I wanted but I have a very strong belief in the way I want to play out there and the way I way I want to be thinking, so I keep trying every day.”

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