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British hearts swelled with pride at Melbourne Park Wednesday as Andy Murray battled into the Australian Open semifinals after compatriot Johanna Konta swept into the last four of the women's tournament.Murray won a typically attritional slog against Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3, while Konta eased past Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-1, to become the first British woman in more than 30 years to reach a Grand Slam semifinal.There was nothing suspect about the commitment of the combatants in the third singles match, however, as Ferrer and Murray engaged in a taxing 3-hour and 20-minute dog-fight.Konta is the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jo Durie at the 1983 U.S. Open and just the third to reach the last four in Australia in the professional era after 1972 champion Virginia Wade and Sue Barker.
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