Harriet Dart saved the day with Britain's first and only win on the second day of the Australian Open.

Jo Konta, Kyle Edmund, Katie Boulter and Cam Norrie had all crashed out with only Norrie winning a set.

But British No.3 Dart fought back from losing eight consecutive games – and blowing her first two match points – to beat world No.82 Misaki Doi 2-6 6-4 7-6.

She took her third match point at 10.59pm local time in Melbourne – over 12 hours after Konta had taken to the court in the morning.

The world No.164, who suffered a double bagel against Maria Sharapova in the first round last year, is rewarded with a second round meeting with Simona Halep.

Dart came through tiebreak in the third set

Konta, who started her match at 10.30am, confessed she was too rusty for a Grand Slam after losing for the first time in the opening round of the Australian Open.

The No.12 seed suffered the biggest upset of the tournament so far when she went down 6-4 6-2 to world No.78 Ons Jabeur in only 63 minutes.

The British No.1 had only played and lost one match since the US Open because of tendonitis in her right knee.

And the 2016 semi-finalist here looked short of form and fitness as her serve was broken four times.

“I think definitely the lack of matches was a factor. It's an unfortunate thing. It's part of the sport and it's part of the way I play, and it's something that will come with time and matches.

“It's always difficult to come back after not playing a certain amount of time. But what was good today was my knee felt quite good, and it was actually even better than Brisbane.

"There’s nothing for me to be discouraged about here. If anything, there’s only things to look forward to."

Jo Konta made an early exit

Konta said she will definitely play Indian Wells and Miami in March but did not know when she will next return to action. She has pulled out of the Fed Cup team so St Petersburg on February 10 is the earliest she is considering.

“I have not decided yet,” she said. “I'm not sure. We'll see how we do things. We won't make that decision today.”

British No.3 Kyle Edmund later followed Konta out of the event when he lost 7-6 6-3 7-6 to No.24 seed Dusan Lajovic. He had led 5-2 in the first set overnight but has not lost in the first round here twice since reaching the 2018 semi-finals

“I have definitely been unlucky physically,” said the former world No.14. “You have got to keep going. I don’t think I am too far away, I feel like I am playing okay. Ultimately, it’s a win-loss business, you have got to keep winning.”

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Boulter put up a fight against No.5 Elina Svitolina but lost the big points as she went down 6-4 7-5 in her first Grand Slam for a year.

The Leicester City fan, who has been out with a back injury,

“I just haven't played enough matches. I feel I would have a really good chance against her later in the season. I feel like I can win a lot of matches at this level and hopefully I can prove that coming up.”

British No.3 Norrie took only five of 16 break points against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert before going down 7-5 3-6 3-6 7-5 6-4.