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Britain's Johanna Konta wipers her face with a towel during her women's singles second round match against Bernarda Pera of the US on day four of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18

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ByMichael Hincks
18/01/2018 at 07:40 | Updated 18/01/2018 at 08:40
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Britain’s Johanna Konta crashed out to world number 123 Bernarda Pera in the second round of the Australian Open, with the American winning 6-4 7-5.

In the blazing Melbourne heat, lucky loser Pera showed her cool against the ninth seed, breaking the Briton four times to set up a third-round clash against 20th seed Barbora Strycova, in what is her maiden Grand Slam.

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Speaking after the defeat, Konta said: "It's a bit frustrating but I'm still taking good stuff from this.

"I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe."

Pera had only qualified for the tournament outright after replacing the injured Margarita Gasparyan, but after dispatching Anna Blinkova in the first round, the 23-year-old secured the biggest victory of her career to date when dumping out Konta.

In the duo’s first ever meeting, Konta’s serve was tested immediately, and though she saved a break point in the opening game, Pera went on to break in the ninth before sealing the set 6-4.

The pendulum swung both ways in the second set, with Pera battling from 2-0 down to find herself 5-3 up.

Konta then saved three match points on her own serve before holding, and went on to prolong the encounter when breaking Pera to make it 5-5.

However, Pera broke back immediately, and made no mistake when serving for the match on the second occasion.

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Konta fell over twice during the match and said afterwards: "I do think I was a little uncoordinated today.

"I don't think I've fallen over on my own two feet since I was going through growth spurts."

Pera will play Barbora Strycova in the third round.

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