By Ros Satar

  • Johanna Konta [15] def. Vania King [Q] 7-5 6-1
  • Faces Lucky Loser Varvara Lepchenko in round three
MONTREAL, CANADA – British No. 1 Johanna Konta continues to forge ahead at the Coupe Rogers as she advanced to the third round in straight sets.

 

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Johanna Konta [15] def. Vania King [Q] 7-5 6-1

The hard court season is certainly suiting Konta, as she continued her commanding performance in Montreal with a straight sets win over qualifier King.

After a competitive start, Konta struck with a break before relinquishing both a set point and her serve as King struck back. Konta fought the American hard in the last game to break for the first set. Her second set was a lot more dominating with two successive breaks and some solid serving at the end for a straights sets win.

Konta is now on a seven-match winning run, since losing to Eugenie Bouchard in the second round at Wimbledon. She could be on course to face the home-crowd favourite in the quarter-finals.

 

Konta v Varvara Lepchenko [LL] – H2H: First Meeting

Next up is Lepchenko who came into the draw as a Lucky Loser literally at the last minute after third seed Garbiñe Muguruza had to withdraw with a gastrointestinal illness. The American faced a spirited defence from British No. 3 Naomi Broady, advancing at the Brit’s expense.

Lepchenko missed a couple of months of the tour between March and April returning at the start of the clay court season and her run at Montreal is her most successful since the start of this year in Brisbane.

The American plays attacking tennis with a big forehand, hitting flat and with good volleys. Where Konta has exceled a lot in the past couple of weeks is coming forward with effective drive volleys, but at times has seemed a little more vulnerable at the net.

Lepchenko probably lacks that overall consistency that Konta seems to have tapped into, and on paper this is surely another solidly winnable match.

Prediction: Konta in two sets.

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