Andy Murray plays a return during his men's singles match against France's Jeremy Chardy

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Swiss wins in straight sets

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Andy Murray at the Australian Open

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Home comforts are hard to find for Australia as only one player from nine goes through

Fans of British tennis, familiar with such experiences at Wimbledon, would have been able to sympathise with the home crowd here on the opening day of the Australian Open. Nine Australians went into battle and only one survived to fight another day, Sam Stosur putting a catalogue of past disappointments behind her to beat Chang Kai-Chen 7-6, 6-3.

Heather Watson defeated Alexandra Cadantu in the first round

Watson battles back to wipe out signs of second-season syndrome

As she attempts to build on her breakthrough year of 2012, Heather Watson might prefer not to dwell for too long on the example of Ksenia Pervak, her opponent in the second round of the Australian Open here on Wednesday. The 21-year-old from Russia, who now competes under the flag of Kazakhstan, is a good example of “second-season syndrome”, having struggled last year to match her eye-catching achievements of 2011.

Jamie Baker joins Murray in Australian Open main draw

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Andy Murray holds nerve to take Brisbane crown

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