Liam Broady suffers Australian Open qualifying defeat - but British women progress

Liam Broady suffered defeat in qualifying for the Australian Open but only after a battle against Colombian Emilio Gomez which lasted almost three hours.

Gomez took the final three points of a tiebreaker to prevail 6-3 6-7 (4) 7-6 (10/7).

Broady had fought back from 3-1 down in the deciding third set to lose 4-3 but Gomez then broke back and each held serve as a second consecutive set went to a tiebreaker.

Broady's defeat means that no British men have made it through qualifying with Ryan Peniston having been beaten 7-6 (5) 6-2 by Canada's Alexis Galarneau a day after Paul Jubb went out in the opening round.

There was better news on the women's side as Katie Boulter battled her way past American Caroline Dolehide 6-2 3-6 7-6 (10/5) in a match that lasted more than two hours.

Jodie Burrage advanced with a 6-2 6-4 win over Australian Elysia Bolton and Yuriko Miyazaki saw off Hailey Baptiste of the United States 6-4 7-5.

However, there was defeat for Katie Swan, beaten 6-4 6-3 by Jessika Ponchet of France.

The Australian Open will once again take place in its traditional slot - the third Monday of the year - with the action kicking off on January 16 before concluding on Sunday, January 29.

This year's tournament is the 55th in the Open Era and the 111th overall.

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