Australian Open - Evans beaten in qualifying, Watson, Konta advance

Dan Evans’ hopes of reaching the Australian Open were ended as he lost 6-4 6-1 to Marton Fucsovics in qualifying.

The British No. 2 cruised through his opening round of qualifying on Wednesday, beating Liang-Chi Huang 6-1 6-2, but was dumped out by Hungarian Fucsovics.

Birmingham-born Evans struggled to find any rhythm in his second-round tie, despite battling to 4-4 in the first set. Evans appeared to lose his concentration from there on in, as former junior Wimbledon champion Fucsovics reeled off seven games in a row en route to a comfortable victory.

In more promising news for British tennis, Heather Watson and Johanna Konta both cruised through their opening rounds of qualifying, winning in straight sets.

Watson, who managed to reach the third round of the season-opening Grand Slam last year, defeated Australian Arina Rodionova 6-4 6-3 and will meet Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz Gacon in the next round.

After playing her first match in Grand Slam qualification in 18 months following illness, Watson said: "I was very nervous. I feel like in the middle I loosened up but my energy really dropped at the end because I think all the nervous energy had worn me out.

"But I was able to close it out. I played quite well, I definitely can play better, and I think I'll play a lot freer in my next match.

"I don't know why I was so nervous, it's a while since I played in qualifying and I expect myself to do well and go far. I really like the tournament and play well on these courts so I think I'm putting too much pressure on myself."

Konta also breezed through her opening round match, beating American Grace Min 6-2 6-1, and will now face the winner of the match between Sachie Ishizu and Olga Savchuk.

British No. 4 Tara Moore suffered defeat in qualification, losing 6-0 7-5 to Japan’s Erika Sema.