By Ros Satar, at Wimbledon

  • Johanna Konta [19] v Katerina Siniakova | Siniakova leads H2H 1-0
  • Harriet Dart [WC] v Beatriz Haddad Maia [Q]
WIMBLEDON, UK – A place in the third-round beckons for Johanna Konta and Harriet Dart but both have tricky opponents

 

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Johanna Konta [19] v Katerina Siniakova | Siniakova leads H2H 1-0

It was a tight affair in Johanna Konta’s opener against Ana Bogdan as they both handled everything each other threw at them with comparative ease. The first few exchanges might have been a bot longer than expected but they soon settled into their rhythm, and there was not even a sniff of a break point until the final game of the first set, where Konta capitalised on her first chance to break the Romanian’s serve.

The second set saw Konta put under pressure by Bogdan, but she could not make good on the two chances she got and was punished for that as Konta broke her twice in a row to wrap up the first set.

Not that anyone seemed to care very much as the Duchess of Cambridge had made a visit to the grounds, talking with Konta about the new roof before watching the British No. 1 later in the day.

However, it is back to business as usual for Konta as she faces Katerina Siniakova. The Czech, who has always been known for wearing her heart on her sleeve, got the win over Konta in Shenzhen despite a strong start by the Brit.

With the struggles of last year firmly behind her, it is a very different Konta who will face the Czech. A solid doubles player, while her grass court prowess has not been all that evident this year, she is defending third round points from last year. Konta can expect another hard fight to book her place in the third round.

Konta said after her first-round match: “She’s a tough player. She had a great win in Paris. She’s able to beat some of the best players. She has a big game. She’s feisty. She competes very well. Obviously, she’s a very, very good doubles player as well. It will be a tough match for me. Yeah, looking forward to another tough match against a tough opponent.”

Prediction: Konta in three sets.

 

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Harriet Dart [WC] v Beatriz Haddad Maia [Q] | First meeting

Harriet Dart in the first round of Wimbledon, 2019

Harriet Dart in the first round of Wimbledon, 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The Duchess of Cambridge also cast her eye over the young wild-card Harriet Dart who was perhaps unlucky to lose a tough first set with lots of break point chances for both players, that neither of them seemed able to take, before Christina McHale finally got her breakthrough at the end of the first set.

A flurry of breaks in the second set saw Dart take the advantage, and in the decider, the pair traded six successive breaks before Dart won through.

She will face Beatriz Haddad Maia, who scored a huge win over former champion Garbiñe Muguruza. The Brazilian took her chances straight away with Muguruza, breaking her at the beginning and end of the first set, before delivering the final blow at the end of the second.

Haddad Maia will have the confidence of qualifying wins behind her, but McHale came in as a lucky loser and Dart found a way through.

Prediction: Haddad Maia in three sets.

 

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