• Petra Kvitova [9] def. Johanna Konta [17] 6-1, 6-2
  • British No. 1 follows Katie Boulter and Heather Watson out of the singles draw
MIAMI, USA – Johanna Konta bowed out of the Miami Open after coming up against an in-form Petra Kvitova.

 

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Petra Kvitova [9] def. Johanna Konta [17] 6-1, 6-2

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Former Miami Open champion and British No. 1 Johanna Konta found herself out-paced by an in-form Petra Kvitova, who looked to be back on the groove that took her to the Doha title. Sporting a little tape on the right adductor that prevented the Czech from pulling off the Desert Double in Dubai, did not seem to stop her from seeing the ball like a football from the off, charging and covering the net and delivering balls with pace.

The first set slipped by very quickly for the Brit with breaks at the beginning and end of the set, as she struggled to handle the pace coming at her.

Kvitova started with a break at the beginning of the second set, and although Konta was able to double her games tally, Kvitova’s forcefulness behind her own serve, and her blistering returning closed down any attempts from Konta to try and find some time on the ball.

The Brit has yet to win back to back matches this season.

 

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Katie Boulter and Heather Watson also exit early

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With the second week looming, there are no British women in the singles, or the doubles draw. Katie Boulter displayed characteristic fight in her opener, coming back from a set down against Kristyna Pliskova to claim a win, but despite a very spirited start to the second round against the No. 16 seed Elise Mertens with a 3-1 lead, she soon found herself struggling to keep up with the consistent Belgian.

Heather Watson also continues her search for some consistency, swiftly falling to a 0-4 deficit at the start of her opener with Nina Stojanovic. She fought to get one of the breaks back but it was not enough to hold off Stojanovic’s charge to the first set. However, after winning her first service game in the second set, it quickly became one-way traffic for

Konta is next scheduled to play in WTA Stuttgart (starting 19 April) and Watson is scheduled for Volvo Car Open in Charleston (starting 5 April).

 

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