Johanna Konta became the third British player to reach the third round of the Australian Open with an assured 6-3 6-2 victory over Japan’s Naomi Osaka.
The 25-year-old ninth seed produced a confident all-round display to see off the promising 19-year-old.
She joins Andy Murray and Dan Evans in the last 32 and could be joined there by Kyle Edmund and Heather Watson, who also play on Thursday.
Konta will face either Caroline Wozniacki or Donna Vekic next.
“I love playing on these amazing courts and I’m looking forward to staying here as long as possible,” said the Briton, who has now won 10 matches in 2017 and lost only once.
Former Fed Cup coach Judy Murray on Radio 5 live sports extra
Johanna Konta is looking every bit the contender. She has one of the best serves in the women’s game, moves well, defends much better and plays well off both sides.
She looks confident, determined and focused. She has a strong team in her corner and is in a very good position to go very far in this competition.
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