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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Konta aiming to put hip problems behind her in Sydney opener

De Minaur's home run could continue

Johanna Konta begins her Sydney defence against Aga Radwanska
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Johanna Konta retired in the final set of her Brisbane quarter-final against tournament winner Elina Svitolina but the Briton will attempt to defend her Sydney International title.

Konta, who faces Agnieszka Radwanska in the opening round, became the latest British player to be halted by a hip injury after Andy Murray announced that he would not compete in the Australian Open, which starts in Melbourne on Monday.

Konta's hip complaint is not as serious as Murray's and she has been well supported against Radwanska but there's no way of knowing whether the Brit will be at her best.

Radwanska has slid down the rankings but the Polish tactician is capable of testing Konta's movement in a bid to take advantage of any fitness doubts.

Alex De Minaur reached the semi-finals in Brisbane

In the men's event, young Aussie star Alex De Minaur could pull off another shock against Fernando Verdasco.

The 18-year-old began his season with a run to the Brisbane semi-finals and will enjoy the support of the crowd. Verdasco rarely plays this event and has an ordinary 3-5 career record in New South Wales.

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Radwanska has slid down the rankings but the Polish tactician is capable of testing Konta's movement
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