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Watson fails to make second round of Australian Open

Heather Watson has been defeated in the first round of the Australian Open, leaving Andy Murray the lone Brit in the singles competition.

Great Britain's Heather Watson has failed to make the second round at the Australian Open. Credit: Press Association

Watson conceded to Slovakian 31st seed Daniela Hantuchova after three sets, losing 7-5 3-6 6-3. Earlier, fellow Brit Laura Robson also fell at the first hurdle, being defeated by Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in two sets.

Murray will take on Japan's Go Soeda in the men's first round on Tuesday.

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Laura Robson makes early exit from Australian Open

Laura Robson made a very early exit from the Australian Open in Melbourne this morning, lasting less than an hour in the tournament. She was beaten in the first round by 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens.

British number one Laura Robson made an early exit from the Australian Open. Credit: Press Association

The British number one came into the competition having not completed a match this season because of an wrist injury.

The result will be a big blow to Robson, who reached the third round in Melbourne last year.

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Andy Murray through to Australian Open semi-final

Andrew Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Credit: Press Assocation

Andrew Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the fourth year in a row after beating Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

Murray won the match 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to move into a last-four clash with the winner of the meeting between Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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