By Ros Satar – In Indian Wells
- Johanna Konta v Denisa Allertova – Head to head 1-1
- Last met at the Australian Open this year
- Allertova defeated Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber in the previous round
INDIAN WELLS, USA – British No. 1 Johanna Konta faces Denisa Allertova for the second time this year as she bids for a place in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.
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The whirlwind continues for the Eastbourne girl who just seems to keep taking everything in her stride. She racked up her first win over Madison Brengle in the second round, having been seeded for this Premier event and benefiting from a bye into the second round.
It was a confident display, handing Brengle in the first set before completely dominating the American for a 6-4 6-0 win while elsewhere in the stadium the trials of a newly crowned Grand Slam champion continued apace for Angelique Kerber who bowed out in her opener for the second time in a row.
There is not much to separate Konta and Allertova in terms of match play now coming into this week. Both have had quicki-ish exits and longer runs since the Australian Open, and if anything, Allertova has perhaps had a little more of a run out in the desert, winning very comfortably for the loss of just one game in her opening round before an admittedly hard fought straight sets win over the tour’s newly-crowned Slam champion.
In Paris where they met for the first time, Konta recalled it had been a tough but enjoyable match, despite losing in the first round. The Czech baseliner enjoys the clay, but has proved she has the chops to make it count on the hard courts too, and is one of a rising second wave of good Czech youngsters to come up.
The ease of Konta’s win over her in Melbourne shows the shift in their fortunes over the past year, and on paper this should be Konta’s for the taking. She has shown incredible mental fortitude to close out tough sets when she has had to, and may well have to dig into those reserves again.
It might not be quite to the 7-6(17) type score of their first encounter in Roland Garros on the clay, but Allertova’s confidence will be up after a big win over Kerber, and will fancy her chances of scalping Konta en route.
We predict this could be a three-setter for the Brit.
Konta and Allertova are scheduled on Stadium 3 at 11am (6pm GMT).