Melbourne - British hope Johanna Konta's love affair with
the Australian Open came to an abrupt end on Thursday when she was bundled out
in the second round by American "lucky loser" Bernarda Pera.
Sydney-born Konta first made her mark at Melbourne Park in
2016 when she reached the semi-finals, and she followed it up last year by
making the last eight.
It is her most successful Grand Slam, but after an
injury-marred lead-up the ninth seed's campaign is over.
She fell 6-4, 7-5 to the 123rd ranked Pera, who is playing
her first Australian Open.
Croatian born, she is only in the tournament as a
"lucky loser" after a main draw player pulled out before the Grand