- Katie Boulter suffered elimination at the hands of Qinwen Zheng 6-3, 6-3
- British No 1 Boulter saved five match points in the second but it was to no avail
- Jack Draper was downed 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 by American Tommy Paul
Katie Boulter and Jack Draper have crashed out of the Australian Open within minutes of each other in a double hammer blow for the Brits.
British No 1 Boulter, who could have set up an all-British encounter with Emma Raducanu if they were both successful, was downed 6-3, 6-3 by Chinese opponent Qinwen Zheng.
It looked as though Boulter, who has enjoyed plenty of support from the Australian public due to her high profile relationship with Alex de Minaur, might have rescued the second set.
She saved five match points but could not quite earn the break back that she needed before being defeated on an ace by 21-year-old rising star Zheng.
Zheng is the 12th seed in the tournament and Boulter, 27, was always up against it.
Katie Boulter (left) and Jack Draper were both eliminated from the Australian Open
Boulter waves goodbye to the fans who have backed her this week in Australia
The British No 1 was facing the 12th seed in the tournament, who showed her quality
Boulter was unable to have the answers but almost rescued the second set
Her defeat means Raducanu is the last woman standing for the Brits and she takes on Wang Yafan.
Meanwhile, Draper suffered elimination at the hands of American 14th seed Tommy Paul, falling 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The 22-year-old had struggled physically in his opening match against Marcos Giron, escaping in five sets and then rushing to a courtside bin to vomit.
He looked to have recovered reasonably well going into the clash against American Paul, but fell to a 6-2 3-6 6-3 7-5 defeat.
Draper took confidence from having beaten Paul in both of their previous meetings, including comfortably last week in Adelaide, but the 26-year-old – a semi-finalist here last year – was sharp from the start.
The match was delayed by blustery showers in Melbourne and, when it did get under way, Draper came out of the blocks slowly, dropping serve three times in the opening set.
He hit back well in the second, beginning to trouble Paul with his power game, but it was the American on top again in the third set.
Draper went down in four sets against the American, who played superbly
It was a tough ask for the Brit after the physical struggles he had in the opening round
Draper and Boulter are out and were eliminated within minutes of each other
The conditions certainly did not make things easy and Draper looked hugely frustrated by his inability to time the ball as consistently as he would have liked.
Paul looked on his way to victory when he broke serve again to start the fourth set, but Draper fought back well to force two set points with a nervous Paul serving at 4-5.
He could not take either, though, and a missed forehand in the next game gave Paul the chance to serve for the match, which he took.