BRITAIN'S Johanna Konta admitted she had to do it tough as she continued her great start to 2017 with a 7-5 6-2 win over Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the opening round of the Australian Open.
Sydney-born Konta won the Sydney International without losing a set last week and continued that run on Tuesday.
Last year's Australian Open semi-finalist was rewarded with a No.9 seeding for this year's tournament but said her opponent made it hard for her.
"It was incredibly tricky. She has the kind of game that can trouble any player,” Konta said.
"I tried to play myself into the match and I'm happy to be through.
"A lot has happened in the last year and I'm just enjoying playing and trying to get better every day.”
Konta's second-round opponent will be rising Japanese star Naomi Osaka, who defeated Thai wildcard Luksika Kumkhum 6-7 6-4 7-5.
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