By Ros Satar

  • Johanna Konta v Pauline Parmentier
  • H2H: Konta leads 3-1
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA USA – Johanna Konta is the sole female Brit in the main draw, as she starts her Indian Wells campaign against Pauline Parmentier.

 

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Johanna Konta v Pauline Parmentier | H2H: Konta leads 3-1

With both Heather Watson and Katie Boulter having gone out in the qualifying round earlier this week, it will fall to Johanna Konta to fly the flag in the women’s singles. Luckily though it seems that Konta’s fighting spirit has returned.

She put together four very gritty performances at the Fed Cup group stages in Bath to help Great Britain into the World Group II play-off in April, and reached the Acapulco quarter-final so hopefully a little confidence is returning to Konta’s game.

Her head to head over Pauline Parmentier should also help, although their first three encounters were in the lower ITF tiers of the game, before they met in the third round in Miami, on Konta’s way to her biggest title to date.

They have similar games, in that they both play quite aggressively, with Parmentier tending to stay back on the baseline. Konta’s serve is the hallmark of her game – when that is firing, everything else tends to slot into place nicely.

Konta may want to try and exploit the slightly weaker backhand side and both probably leave t lot to be desired with the more finessed volleys, but Konta seems to be back on the upswing, and should have a little more firepower for her.

Prediction: Konta in two sets

 

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