By Ros Satar

  • Johanna Konta [8] v Laura Siegemund
  • H2H: Siegemund leads 2-1
ACAPULCO, MEXICO – Johanna Konta returns to the court after helping guide GB to the Fed Cup World Group play-offs, and comes up against her doubles partner for the week, Laura Siegemund.

 

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Johanna Konta [8] v Laura Siegemund | H2H: Siegemund leads 2-1

Johanna Konta starts her hard court spring swing preparation in Acapulco, after having a long break since pushing herself to the brink to help GB earn their spot in the World Group II play-off, her start in Acapulco is made no easier by facing her doubles partner for the week, Laura Siegemund.

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Siegemund has the upper-hand in their head to head but the most recent win went to Konta. Both are trying to regain their former glories in the rankings, and both are looking for their first back to back wins in main draws this year.

Perhaps Kinta comes in with a little more confidence – while Siegemund lost her only Fed Cup outing against Aryna Sabalenka, Konta win four tough Fed Cup matches at the start of February – three of them going the distance.

Both can play aggressively, but you would have to give a slight advantage to Siegemund who can run everything down, as well as send it back with interest. Siegemund likes nothing better than burning players with drop shots, and while Konta has improved a little at the net, it is still by no means her strongest aspect of her game.

There does seem to be a bit more pep to Konta’s game this year, and her will to win seems to have returned, which puts her as the slight favourite for this encounter – but she will have to work for it.

Prediction: Konta in three sets.

 

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