Powerful Pera sends ninth seed Konta out

Tennis- Australian Open- Melbourne Australia

Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza became the biggest casualty of the Australian Open so far - stunned by Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei in straight sets on Thursday.

The final Brit in action on day four was Heather Watson, with the Guernsey star - playing alongside France's Alize Cornet - losing 2-6 7-5 4-6 to Alicja Rosolka and Abigail Spears.

Her stunning defeat leaves only Kyle Edmund to carry British hopes in Melbourne, with Andy Murray, who flew home today, recuperating after hip surgery.

"There is no substitute", she said.

Konta analyzed and said, "I think she played very inspired and I didn't quite do as much as I wanted".

Her exit was one of several shocks on the fourth day of the grand slam, as Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and 2014 victor Stan Wawrinka also fell victim to surprise defeats. I battled, and I competed.

Pera showed signs of nerves for the first time serving for the match - three match points came and went as she tightened up and Konta dug deep for a hold, only to lose her serve in the next game with a very odd slip.

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'I'm actually looking forward to just continuing to play.

Konta has hardened mentally over the last two years and she saved three match points as Pera served for the match for the first time and once more as the American tried again after breaking for a 6-5 lead.

'It's a bit frustrating, but I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe.

In constant trouble on her serve, Konta went 3-4 down in the second set when she left too little margin for error on mid court backhand and put it wide on a fourth break point.

Konta saved three match points on her own serve and the crowd roared when she held. And when the Brit fell 0/40 down in the ninth game, Pera made no mistake and sealed the first set in 39 minutes.

Djokovic added: "I think there is a limit, and that is a level of tolerance between being fit and being in danger in terms of health".

Skupski's older brother Ken also exited at the first round stage, with the Liverpudlian and his American partner James Cerretani going down 7-6 (8) 7-5 to Joao Sousa and Leonardo Mayer.

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