By Ros Satar, in Paris
- British No. 1 Johanna Konta is seeded 22 for the 2018 French Open
- She starts on Sunday against Yulia Putintseva (H2H: Konta leads 2-0)
- Full draw preview (based on ranking/seeding)
- How far will Konta go – POLL
PARIS, FRANCE – British No. 1 Johanna Konta will bid for her first main draw win at Roland Garros, when she opens her account against Yulia Putintseva.
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Johanna Konta French Open Draw Preview
- R1: Yulia Putintseva| Konta leads H2H 2-0
- R2: Jennifer Brady | First meeting
- R3: Venus Williams  | Williams leads H2H 4-3
- R4: Jelena Ostapenko  | Tied at 1-1
- QF: Elina Svitolina  | Svitolina leads H2H 3-0
- SF: Caroline Wozniacki  | Konta leads H2H 2-0
- F: Simona Halep  | Tied at 3-3
British No. 1 Johanna Konta arrives in Paris with her best set of clay court results this season at a tour level. Although we need to accept that clay will never be her best surface, there is no doubt she has made some pretty big improvements since working with Michael Joyce at the start of the year.
In Australia she credited the fact that Joyce being an ex-player was a significant factor in her choice, but it has taken a while for the confidence to improve. A win in Madrid, swiftly followed by yet another loss to tricky Bernarda Pera was met with good humour. She had played well against the free-swinging American, and took that confidence into a good couple of wins in Rome, before losing to reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.
That is not to say she does not have a tricky draw. Even though she has a 2-0 leading head to head over the feisty Yulia Putintseva, it will be a tricky draw against the Kazakh who has also been picking up wins in Istanbul and Nurnberg.
Venus Williams is beatable if she can get past a first meeting potentially against Jennifer Brady, but to try and exact some revenge on Ostapenko will be a challenge. The Latvian has taken everything that has been thrown at her regarding her title defence with ease. Of course we will see just how the pressure tells when she actually has to step on court.
A third round run would be excellent, a fouth round run would be a bonus, but on Elina Svitolina’s current form, it might be a case of the line being drawn here, no further.
How much Prize Money will Konta earn at Roland Garros 2018
|PLACE||PRIZE MONEY € (£)|
|Round 4||€222k (£194.3k)|
|Round 3||€130k (£113.8k)|
|Round 2||€79k (£69.1k)|
|Round 1||€40k (£35k)|
How far will Johanna Konta go in Roland Garros 2018
Konta will be the first of the main draw Brits, playing on Court 1, not before 1:30pm (12:30pm BST).
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