Brits make exciting start to 2016

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The new year looks bright for the British as Aljaz Bedene's hard fought 7-5 7-6 (8-6) win over Vasek Pospisil at the Chennai Open became the third encouraging result for our players across the globe in the last 24 hours.

Slovenia-born Bedene triumphed over the big-serving Canadian - ranked 39th in the world - in a tournament which will be quickly becoming his favourite, having reached the final in India in 2015, only to lose to Stan Wawrinka.

Now having swept aside the last year's Wimbledon quarter-finalist, Britain's world number 45 will face Italy's Luca Vanni in an attempt to reach the quarter-finals as he prepares for the Australian Open.


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Former world number one Ana Ivanovic will be heading to Melbourne where the Slam begins on January 18, however, her preparations will have been stalled by a supreme Naomi Broady performance.

The 25-year-old Brit, ranked 122, hit 14 aces on her way to a 7-5 6-4 win in Auckland - her maiden victory over a top-20 opponent on the WTA Tour.

She followed up with another impressive victory today, saving two match points on the way to beating Jelena Ostapenko 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-5. However, the match was overshadowed by an incident involving Ostapenko and a ball boy.

Elsewhere, less than 24 hours before Bedene's success, future Davis Cup counterpart Kyle Edmund recorded his third tour-level victory, beating Slovakia's Martin Klizan in the Qatar Open.

The straight sets 6-2 6-3 win in Doha represents a good run of form for the 20-year-old, having progressed through qualifying into the main draw.

Currently sitting just two places outside the world's top 100, Edmund famously took Frenchman David Goffin the distance in the Davis Cup final in November and seems to have recaptured some of the tennis seen in the opening two sets of that encounter.

He and British fans will hope he can replicate similar form on a more consistent basis in 2016 as he looks forward to the main draw at the Australian Open later this month.

The next test before his second consecutive appearance in Melbourne will come in the shape of Spaniard Daniel Munoz de la Nava, 33, who produced tennis surpassing his current career-high ranking of 75 to beat fifth seed Feliciano Lopez.

Meanwhile, British number one Andy Murray revealed he would withdraw from the first Grand Slam of the year at any stage if his wife, Kim, goes into labour early with the couple's first child.

While on Hopman Cup Duty in Perth, Murray told BBC Sport: "I'm going to fly home. I'd be way more disappointed winning the Australian Open and not being at the birth of the child."

The 2015 Sports Personality of the Year will be aiming to notch his third Grand Slam title before his baby is due in mid-February.

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