By Ros Satar

  • Johanna Konta [19] def. Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-4
  • Konta v Sloane Stephens [9] | Konta leads H2H 3-0
WIMBLEDON, UK – Johanna Konta booked her spot in the third round with a more comfortably than expected win to set up another clash with Sloane Stephens

 

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Johanna Konta [19] def. Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-4

This looked like it could be a very tricky match-up against Katerina Siniakova, who dumped Naomi Osaka out of Roland Garros in just the third round. But as we have often been used to seeing, it was British No. 1 Johanna Konta who got off to the quicker start.

She broke just the once in the first set to keep that advantage for the set and backed it up with a single break in the second set for the win.

After the match, she still played down her progress so far:

“I was just pleased I was able to ask her enough questions and keep things moving for her not to be able to get a real grip on the match. Just was pleased I was able to come through.

“I think it was just a tough match. She was a tough opponent. I think it felt like there was a lot of tennis played I guess in a short space of time, and therefore it didn’t feel quick.”

 

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Konta v Sloane Stephens [9] | Konta leads H2H 3-0

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Despite the Sloane Stephens pedigree of being a former US Open champion and Roland Garros finalist, when she has come across Konta, her game seems to match up well for the Brit. Stephens discounted both the Brisbane and Rome matches ahead of their quarter-final match-up at Roland Garros, but Konta came out firing on a clay court that surely played more like a hard court at the time.

Now the courts here have been playing slower, according to many players, but that seems to have played into Konta’s game-style well. We know when she is serving well, all other aspects of her game fall into place, but Stephens has been in as impressive a form as Konta in her first two rounds here.

Neither have dropped a set yet, and both are playing with solid power and decent serves, so where are the margins? The home-crowd support is something that has always been appreciated by Konta, but is the kind of thing that can spur Stephens on equally too.

Stephens does have perhaps more athleticism than Konta overall, but if Konta’s aggressive game can keep Stephens at bay and prevent her from getting into any kind of control we could be in for an extension of Konta’s head to head over the American, all in 2019.

Stephens said, of the potential match-up: “It’s been a rough year with Jo Konta (smiling). But she’s a great player, so I’m just going to have to go out and try a new game plan, new style, try some different stuff and just compete.”

Prediction: Konta in three sets.

 

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