By Ros Satar
- Johanna Konta v Laura Siegemund
- H2H: Siegemund leads 2-0
NEW HAVEN, USA – Johanna Konta shakes off an early loss in Cincinnati for a last chance for fine tuning in New Haven, where she faces Laura Siegemund in the opening round.
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Johanna Konta v Laura Siegemund | H2H: Siegemund leads 2-0
British No. 1 Johanna Konta headed to New Haven with a little more doubles practice after an early exit in Cincinnati, and will start her final tournament of the US Open Series before the US Open against a familiar foe in Laura Siegemund.
The fiery German is still clambering back up the rankings after a right knee injury in Nurnberg kept her off the tour until Spring this year. Mixing her comeback up with tour ad ITF tournaments, she has largely kept to the clay and will be playing her first match on the US hard courts.
Konta has made steady progress in trying to get some of the confidence that was lacking at the end of last year, and finally it seems as though she has turned a corner. Losing early at Wimbledon saw her ranking drop sharply but it is almost as if that had freed her up.
She made the quarter-finals in San Jose and also got a couple of solid wins in Montreal before losing in her opening round here but she has included doubles in her schedule to help improve her match-fitness and net-work.
Konta’s aggressive style of play might play into Siegemund’s hands. She too can be in-your-face aggressive (in more ways than one) but she can scramble all around the court, and could make things very tricky for Konta, especially if she insists on pulling the Brit into the court for her favoured drop shots. Finessed volleys from Konta are improving, but still very much a work in progress for the Brit, and she will have to work pretty hard for this one.
Siegemud might be coming to the US hard courts for the first time but she has been busy this month so has match sharpness back at the ITF level with a title and a final behind her. But Konta has got her time in and a feet moving on the US hard courts and might just be a little more handy on the surface just now.
Prediction: Konta in three sets.
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