Johanna Konta returns to action in first Toronto test.

 

By Jake Davies

  • Johanna Konta [7] vs Ekaterina Makarova
  • Head to head – Konta leads 4-0
TORONTO, CANADA – British hopes this week rest solely with Johanna Konta as she starts her campaign at the Rogers Cup.

 

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Johanna Konta [7] vs Ekaterina Makarova H2H: Konta leads 4-0

Johanna Konta‘s run to the semi-finals of Wimbledon was her most impressive performance at a major since the 2016 Australian Open, where she made her first ever Grand Slam semi-final. In that 2016 Australian Open, Konta beat Ekaterina Makarova in a very tough three-set battle, which turned out to be the springboard to a successful campaign in Melbourne. Makarova and Konta will face for a fifth time in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto today, as Konta competes in her first singles match since the grass court swing.

Konta has enjoyed amazing success against the Russian, winning all four of their previous matches. You could argue the case that the match comes at a good time for both players. Konta will feel happy to get her US hard-court series underway, while Makarova has just won the Citi Open title in Washington, beating some fantastic players to her first title since 2014.

Ekaterina Makarova, Roland Garros 2017

Ekaterina Makarova © Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Makarova likes to work the dimensions of a tennis court. She exploits the angles with both her forehand and backhand and is one of the players that really tries to take advantage of the left-handed serve to get her opponents out wide and into the doubles alley.

The Russian steps inside the court on her returns of serve, but she will be combating one of the most aggressive and persistent serves on tour in Konta. The Brit can win a lot of points with her first and second delivery and she will need that consistency on her trusted weapon in this encounter in Toronto.

Konta also has to manage her game well in the forecourt. She does not have the softest feel at the net, so I expect that Makarova will at least try to get Konta moving forward to set up her next passing shot.

Makarova has the recent matchplay under her belt, but I feel that Konta will be the much fresher of the two after Makarova’s exploits in Washington last week.

Prediction: Konta in straight sets

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