Broady goes out in qualifying

The British No 3 lost 6-4 6-3 in breezy, overcast conditions in Melbourne to leave Johanna Konta as the only player able to join British No 1 Heather Watson in the main draw.

Watched by Fed Cup captain Judy Murray, Broady recovered from an early break of serve in the opening set to lead 3 2, but then lost her serve for a second time in the seventh game and Radwanska served out for the set with ease.

A double fault from Broady gifted Radwanska an early break in the second set and the world No 149 saved two break points in the eighth game to move within sight of victory.

That seemed to break Broady’s spirit and the 24-year-old committed four unforced errors in the next game – including two double faults – to hand her opponent a second break and the match.

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