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Murray targets Australian Open comeback

Murray has dropped from world number one to 16th in the rankings. Credit: PA

Andy Murray is targeting a New Year comeback in Australia but has stressed he will not rush a return before his body is ready.

The Scot has not played since struggling through Wimbledon with a hip injury but is hopeful he will be able to take part in the Brisbane International, which kicks off next season's action on December 31.

Murray is continuing his rehabilitation by limbering up for an exhibition match against Roger Federer at the Andy Murray Live in Glasgow on Tuesday evening and feels he is making good progress.

When asked about his chances of making Brisbane, he said: "I hope I'm there. Things have been going pretty well so far in the rehab, but you just never know. You take each week as it comes.

"I've had setbacks and things can go quite quickly as well. I've been training for a few weeks now. Some days I've felt great and some days not so good.

"But I will come back when I'm ready and when I'm 100 percent fit. I probably made a bit of a mistake trying to get ready for the US Open but it was the last major of the year and I wanted to give it a go.

"And now it's time to give my body the rest and recovery it needs. I'll come back when I'm ready."

Serena Williams beats Johanna Konta in Australian Open

Serena Williams celebrates after winning the quarter final. Credit: AP

Serena William is through to the Australian Open women's singles semi-finals after defeating Britain's Johanna Konta.

Konta faced the six-time Australian Open champion in the quarter-finals on Wednesday in their first ever meeting.

America's Williams won the match in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-3.

Britain's Konta was defeated by six-time champion Serena Williams. Credit: AP

Williams' advance to the semi-finals keeps alive the possibility of facing her sister Venus in the final.

Serena first has to face Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia while Venus takes on fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe in the other women's singles semi-final.

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Konta to face Williams in Australian Open quarter-final

Johanna Konta beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in her Australian Open match Credit: AP

Britain's Johanna Konta has beaten Russia's Ekaterina Makarova in the Australian Open, meaning she goes through to the quarter-final to play Serena Williams.

Konta, who made her first Grand Slam semi-final in Melbourne last year, beat Makarova 6-1 6-4.

Williams beat her opponent, the Czech Republic's Barbora Strycova 7-5 6-4.

Dan Evans' dream Australian Open run ended by Tsonga

Briton Dan Evans enjoyed his best ever run in Melbourne. Credit: PA

Dan Evans' fairytale run at the Australian Open came to an end after the British number three was beaten by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Evans knocked out world number seven Marin Cilic and then Bernard Tomic to reach his first grand slam fourth round but Tsonga proved a step too far, the Frenchman sealing a 6-7 (4/7) 6-2 6-4 6-4 victory.

Despite the defeat, Evans is set to climb from 51st to 45th in the world rankings and leaves Melbourne knowing he can compete with the best.

Tsonga, the 12th seed, goes through to face US Open champion Stan Wawrinka for a place in the semi-finals.

Earlier, Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat to Mischa Zverev of Germany.

Konta thrashes Wozniacki to make Australian Open last 16

Johanna Konta. Credit: PA

Johanna Konta's Australian Open charge shows no sign of slowing after the British number one annihilated Caroline Wozniacki to make the last 16.

Konta is ranked only 11 spots higher than world number 20 Wozniacki but she exposed a gulf in class to win 6-3 6-1 in just 75 minutes.

After her opening three rounds in Melbourne, Konta is yet to drop a set and continues to show why many are picking her as a potential title winner.

She now faces Russian world number 34 Ekaterina Makarova, whom she beat here last year, with the winner likely to earn a quarter-final showdown with Serena Williams.

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