Johanna Konta Continues Progress In Doha

Johanna Konta avenged her Australian Open defeat to Bernarda Pera by dumping the American out of the Qatar Open in straight sets.

The British No. 1 was surprisingly knocked out of the first Grand Slam of 2018 by the world No. 113 in the second round but Konta looked the far superior player as the players met for a second time this year.

Konta was competing off the back of some impressive Fed Cup form in Estonia, where Great Britain set up a World Group II play-off tie with Japan for April, and the 26-year-old maintained that level of play in her first-round match in Qatar.

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And after battling through a tight first set, she completed a routine 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 win over the American.

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The Brit will take on either Carla Suarez Navarro or Kateryna Bondarenko in round two.

Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova were among the others to progress, in what’s a stacked field in Doha.

World No. 1 and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina, Jelena Ostapenko, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia and Garbine Muguruza all had byes to the second round.

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Source : https://metro.co.uk/2018/02/13/johanna-konta-avenges-australian-open-defeat-advance-qatar-7308972/

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