Heather Watson, Laura Robson and Johanna Konta

Britain's Heather Watson and Naomi Brady were both knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open.

 

Twenty-five-year old Watson, the British number two and world number 81, lost 6-4 6-4 to Beligian Elise Mertens.

 

British number three Naomi Broady, 25, was beaten 6-0 5-7 6-1 in her first WTA quarter-final by Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig of Puerto Rico.

End of season rankings published today by the WTA on a rather disappointing season:
Johanna Konta 9 (2016 10)
Heather Watson 74 (77)
Naomi Broady 116 (88)
Katie Boulter 199 (368)
Laura Robson 231 (219)

 

Katie Boulter is the youngest of those, she's 21 so she's the only one who can be reasonably happy with her season.

British number one Johanna Konta has confirmed that Michael Joyce will be her new coach.

 

BBC Sport reported in November that talks were ongoing to appoint the 44-year-old American.

 

Joyce reached a high of 64th in the world as a player, and spent six years as part of Maria Sharapova's team. He worked with Victoria Azarenka in 2017.

 

"Michael is a fantastic coach with a great pedigree," said Konta. "I feel like there is so much more to come."

 

Her first tournament with Joyce is set to be the Brisbane International, which starts on 31 December.

 

Sharapova won the US Open and the Australian Open and became world number one while being coached by Joyce.

Johanna Konta had to retire from the Brisbane International during the quarter final with an injury to her right hip. It's unclear as to the extent of the injury but she still intends to defend her Sydney International title next week as part of her preparation of the Australian Open which starts on the 15th.

British number one Johanna Konta was beaten in the first round of the Sydney International, less than a week before the start of the Australian Open.

 

Konta, defending champion in Sydney, lost 6-3 7-5 to Agnieszka Radwanska in a repeat of last year's final.

 

World number nine Konta, 26, had retired from her last tournament in Brisbane because of a hip injury.

 

"I felt I recovered a lot quicker than I anticipated, which is a massively positive thing," she told BBC Sport.

Britain's Heather Watson reached the second round of the Hobart International with a 7-5 6-3 win over Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

 

The 25-year-old, who won the tournament in 2015, edged the first set after number three seed Cirstea repelled eight set points, before making easier work of the second to wrap up victory.

 

The British number two will next face Australian Jaimee Fourlis.

Britain's Heather Watson is through to the quarter-finals of the Hobart International after a 6-2 6-2 win over wildcard Jamiee Fourlis.

 

The 25-year-old, who won the tournament in 2015, took just an hour and 10 minutes to defeat the Australian, 18.

 

Watson, who lost only 13 points on serve in the match, now faces world number 55 Donna Vekic from Croatia.

 

"I felt the match was a lot tougher than the score suggested," said Watson, the British number two.

 

"We had a lot of close games and I think just because I'm feeling really confident I was able to come through a lot of those."

British number two Heather Watson beat world number 55 Donna Vekic to make the semi-finals of the Hobart International in Australia.

 

Watson won 6-0 6-4 to reach her second WTA Tour semi-final since winning the Monterrey Open in March 2016.

 

The world number 74, who won the title in Tasmania in 2015, had a 6-0 5-0 lead but had to dig deep as her Croatian opponent won four games in a row.

 

Watson, 25, will face defending champion Elise Mertens on Friday.

 

The Briton last reached the semi-finals of a tour event at Eastbourne in 2017.

 

"My confidence is very high at the moment," Watson said. "At the beginning of the year, you want a lot of matches and that's definitely what I've gotten the last two weeks.

 

"Every match I play, I feel like I'm getting better and better, tennis-wise and mentally."

Draw made for the Australian Open. Johanna Konta (seeded 9) is against Madison Brengle (ranked 83). Heather Watson against Yulia Putinseva (ranked 52) and if she gets through could be up against Maria Sharapova in the second round. Naomi Broady may be in the main draw if she qualifies. She's won the first of three qualifying rounds.

Britain's Heather Watson missed out on a first WTA final for two years as she lost to Belgian second seed Elise Mertens at the Hobart International.

 

The 25-year-old, who won the title in 2015, went down 6-4 1-6 6-2 to 2017 champion Mertens in the semi-finals.

British number one Johanna Konta made swift progress into the second round of the Australian Open with victory over American Madison Brengle.

 

Konta, seeded ninth, won 6-3 6-1 on Hisense Arena, the third show court at Melbourne Park.

 

The Briton had lost three of their four previous matches but was far too strong for the world number 90 this time.

 

Konta, 26, goes on to face American Bernarda Pera, the world number 123, in round two.

Heather Watson's Australian Open campaign ended with a first-round defeat by world number 54 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

 

The Briton, 25, had a set point to level the match in a tie-break but went down 7-5 7-6 (8-6).

 

Watson, ranked 68th, has now lost her opening match on five of her seven appearances in Melbourne.

British number one Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat by world number 123 Bernarda Pera in the second round of the Australian Open.

 

The American won 6-4 7-5 to claim only her second win at Grand Slam level.

 

Ninth seed Konta had reached the quarter-finals and semi-finals on her past two visits to Melbourne Park.

 

"It's a bit frustrating but I'm still taking good stuff from this," Konta said. "I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe."

 

"I play every event to be there until the end, so I definitely don't want to be going home this early."

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