Johanna Konta causes surprise by defeating Sloane Stephens in Brisbane

Johanna Konta takes the ups and downs after perfect start			
   by Dave Filmer 

Johanna Konta takes the ups and downs after perfect start by Dave Filmer Published

Japan's Osaka, the US Open title holder, will play the victor of Wednesday's encounter between Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, who eliminated Australian No.2 Daria Gavrilova, and Brit Harriet Dart.

She rose to number four in the world in October and finished the year ranked fifth.

Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens has been bundled out of the Brisbane International in the first round by Briton Johanna Konta.

"I felt like when I was playing her she sort of matched my power, which was really surprising to me, because there's not that many people that can do that".

After making a frustrated Konta pay for her errors in the first set, world No.46 Tomljanovic outlasted her opponent in a topsy-turvy second to win 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals.

"She's top 10 and she's had an incredible couple of seasons", Konta said.

Konta plummeted down the rankings last season but started 2019 with a 6-4 6-3 defeat of third seed Stephens.

Belarus's Aliaksandra Sasnovich will play top seed and defending champion Elina Svitolina in the second round in a rematch of 2018 final.

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Up next, the World No.5 will face either No.8 seed Anastasija Sevastova, who defeated another Australian in Daria Gavrilova on Tuesday in straight sets, or British qualifier Harriet Dart.

Petra Kvitova was in danger of following the world number six out of the tournament but rallied to defeat Danielle Collins 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

"It's always nice to win but I felt kind of scrappy all around", Tomljanovic said after the victory over world No.31 Siniakova.

Murray said that while he was still playing in some pain, his hip wasn't an issue.

Dual champion Murray extended his Brisbane record to 10-0, booking a second round clash with fourth-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev.

"The first match of the year is never easy", Stephens lamented.

Kyrgios fired down 44 aces and Harrison 27, with the Australian just able to shade Harrison in the third set tiebreak.

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