• Johanna Konta [15] v Anastasija Sevastova
  • H2H: Tied at 2-2
MADRID, SPAIN – Johanna Konta looks to get past the second round for the first time as she faces Anastasija Sevastova.

 

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Johanna Konta [15] def. Yulia Putintseva

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Despite not having played since Miami. British No, 1 Johanna Konta eased into the second round of Madrid with a straight sets win over Yulia Putintseva. Konta started with intent, with four chances to break Putintseva in the first game.

Things got edgier at the end of the first set as the pair traded three breaks with Konta just edging out for the lead.

Konta started to put pedal to the metal in the second set, breaking Putintseva twice in succession to jump out to a 5-1 lead, going on to close out a straight sets win.

 

Konta v Anastasija Sevastova H2H & Match Fundamentals

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Johanna Konta [15] v Anastasija Sevastova H2H: Tied at 2-2
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Next up for Konta is a familiar foe in Anastasija Sevastova, with whom she is tied in wins, but their last clay court bout went Sevastova’s way.

 

Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2021 – Clay)

H2H: Johanna Konta (WR 18) Anastasija Sevastova {WR
Tournament Previous Best R2 (2018, 2019) SF (2017)
1st Serve Return Points Won % 44.7 44.4
Return Points Won % 52.4 50.5
Break Point Conversion % 50 53.7
Break Points Saved % 40 63.4
Total Points Won % 49.3 51.1

 

Konta’s returning in her first match on the dirt has her slightly ahead of the Latvian, but simply by virtue she has more matches in the bank, Sevastova will be giving her a run for her money.

 

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Playing Styles & Prediction

We can expect to see a heavy hitting game with both players trying to control from the baseline. Both play aggressively, and Konta has been working on adding more variety to her game as it had become easier to read over the years.

Sevastova can wear her heart on her sleeve, and if things start to bug her, she can unravel fairly spectacularly.

Konta is searching for her first back to back win this year, and although Sevastova dd beat her on the slick indoor clay in Stuttgart, perhaps the altitude and the quicker balls will suit the aggressive style of Konta. Either way she will have to work for it.

Prediction: Konta in three sets.

 

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