AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2012: Heather Watson leads British charge

Teenage star Watson heads British charge on opening day of Australian Open

Heather Watson will open proceedings on Rod Laver Arena on Monday when she takes on third seed Victoria Azarenka in her first-round clash at the Australian Open.

The 19-year-old from Guernsey is first up on the main show court in Melbourne on a day which features four other Brits in action.

James Ward and Laura Robson, whose victories in qualifying swelled the British contingent in the main draws to six – a 20-year best for an overseas grand slam, also play their opening encounters.

Leading: Heather Watson is one of six British singles players in Australia

Leading: Heather Watson is one of six British singles players in Australia

Ward meets Slovenian Blaz Kavcic while Robson takes on 13th seed Jelena Jankovic on Margaret Court Arena.

Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha are both on court 11, as is Ward. Baltacha faces Stephanie Foretz Gacon and Keothavong follows with her clash against Mona Barthel.

Andy Murray, the fourth seed, will open his bid to reach a third successive final here on Tuesday when he meets young American Ryan Harrison.