Johanna Konta beats Venus Williams at Australian Open

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Johanna Konta and Venus Williams shaking hands over the netAFP

Britain's Johanna Konta has beaten Venus Williams in the first round of the Australian Open.

Konta, who has described Grand Slam champion Williams as her idol, won in straight sets 6-4 6-2.

"Right now it is still very much a blur," said Konta.

"When the draw came out and I saw who I was playing, I was just hoping to stay out there more than an hour.

"I played two previous tournaments and didn't quite get the results I wanted but I have a very strong belief in the way I want to play and the way I want to be thinking."

Johanna Konta signing autographsAFP

Konta is now the only British woman left in the singles draw after Heather Watson lost on Monday.

Heather WatsonReuters
Heather Watson was beaten by Timea Babos

Elsewhere, Andy Murray made his way into the second round, beating German teenager Alexander Zverev.

Murray dominated the match against the former junior world number one to wrap up a 6-1 6-2 6-3 victory.

Murray signing autographs after his winEPA

The world number two will now face Australian Sam Groth, who has the fastest serve in the men's game.

Brits Dan Evans and Aljaz Bedene both went out.