By Ros Satar

  • Johanna Konta [15] def. Shelby Rogers 6-4 6-2
  • Faces qualifier Vania King next – First meeting
 MONTREAL, CANADA – Johanna Konta picked up where she left off in Stanford, cruising into the Montreal second round at the Coupes Rogers.

 

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Johanna Konta [15] def. Shelby Rogers 6-4 6-2

British No. 1 Johanna Konta continued her fine run of form, as she made good on a very quick turnaround from California, advancing to the second round of the Coupe Rogers.

While it took a while for her first serve to get firing, there was nothing wrong with her second  as she put the American under pressure from the start, and was rewarded with a break the next time around.

Rogers settled herself to stick with the Brit, even staving off a set point, forcing Konta to serve it out as the Brit took the lead, looking as though she had lost none of that poise from Stanford.

The second set, however was a different story, with both reluctant to hold their serves. Konta was fighting hard to break the American, who seemed to struggle less to make inroads on the Brit’s service games.

The Brit was the first to hold – in fact the only one to hold as it goes to lead 4-2, breaking the American for the fourth time in the set, before finishing it in style with a service hold to love.

There is no doubt that the flight, murkier conditions, heavier balls could have made things sticky, not to mention Rogers herself who created chances but just could not quite make it count when it mattered.

There are some major points on offer here for Konta – she is defending fourth round points at the US Open, but has this tournament, Rio and then Cincinnati before defending a healthy whack of points in New York.

That is a lot of tennis to come from Konta, which might test her mental strength and resolve to its limit.

 

Faces Vania King in the second round – First Meeting

King has had a veritable mix of events since falling in the Wimbledon qualifying rounds, reaching the semi-final on the clay of Bucharest before a run of three matches on the bounce in Montreal.

Konta has made the adjustment to the heavier balls used in Montreal, but there is now the factor of fatigue to contend with. Her rise now to within grasp of the Top 10 means she will be expected to go deep in all the upcoming competitions, and a day off would have been welcome but she’s back in action on Wednesday.

King will look to move around and charge forward and on paper Konta’s serving record should stand her in good stead. However at times the Brit’s volleying is the stuff of hiding behind the sofa, and if King tries to continually pull her forward she might be vulnerable at the net.

Prediction: Konta in two sets.

Konta and King are scheduled not before 3:30pm (8:30pm BST).

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