10 January 2017 | AAP

In-form sixth seed Johanna Konta has knocked Australian No.2 Daria Gavrilova out of the Sydney International 6-1 6-3.

The last Australian in the women’s draw battled valiantly, saving five match points in the second set, but Konta’s 29 winners secured victory on Ken Rosewell Arena.

22-year-old Gavrilova, who reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open last year, heads to Melbourne with plenty of time to fine tune her game hoping to replicate that 2016 success.