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By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Johanna Konta [6] v Su-Wei Hsieh
  • H2H: Hsieh leads 2-1
  • Konta feels recovery is going well after heavy fall at Eastbourne
LONDON, UK – British No. 1 Johanna Konta is ready for the challenge of facing Su-Wei Hsieh for the second straight Slam in the opening round.



Johanna Konta [6] v Su-Wei Hsieh | H2H: Hsieh leads 2-1

It was with some disbelief that the match-up between British No. 1 and No. 6 seed Johanna Konta and Su-Wei Hsieh was greeted. It had looked like a winnable match just a month or so ago in Paris, but after a solid start, Konta seemed to lose confidence on the clay, as Hsieh began to surge.

Hsieh, who has won the Wimbledon Doubles title back in 2013 with Peng Shuai actually beat Konta on the grass in their first meeting in Eastbourne in 2013. A lot has changed through since Konta, then a wildcard met the player from Taipei.

Konta was able to get a measure of revenge over Hsieh later that year, but in the four year absence, Hsieh had lost none of the uniqueness to her game that flummoxed Konta at the French Open.

She has a tendency to play her shots double-handed so as well as a flat ball, she has the ability to create some huge angles in her shots that make her very unpredictable. She mixes in some good variety that served her very well at Roland Garros with drop shots and slices, and there is no reason to believe she could not make life very hard for Konta on Monday.

Konta is nothing if not methodical in her approach, as she explained in her pre-tournament press conference: “It’s quite interesting that I actually get to play her again. I guess in terms of the probability of playing each other first round in a slam in a row, that’s actually pretty cool.

“I know she does enjoy the grass. She’s a Wimbledon champion in doubles here on the grass, so she definitely can play on this surface. Actually, the first time I played her, I lost to her on the grass.

“I’m definitely going into the match knowing that she will be playing very comfortably on the surface, she will definitely look to make things difficult for me. I’d like to think that I’m also better prepared. I’d like to think that I will be going into the match with a clear game plan and trying to execute that as best as I can.”

Konta has had a good run out on the grass this year, and setting aside that heavy fall in her quarter-final match she looks to be as well prepared as anyone. However, the pressure on her arriving here as part of the Top 10 and thus expected to last a little longer than the third round.

Give that Konta has only made it past the first round once (last year), though she might deflect any pressure, there will be an expectation that on a surface that suits her she should be able to come through this match.

However, she has been prone to mid-match wobbles, especially if she has coasted through the first set, so expect a tough start to her campaign.

Prediction: Konta in three sets.


Who is Konta playing? Su-Wei Hsieh
Head to Head? Hsieh leads 2-1
What time is Konta playing & where? Konta & Hsieh are scheduled on Court 1, not before 4:30pm BST
Where/How to watch Konta’s match? BBC & Eurosport | Tennis on UK TV



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