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Italian Open: Johanna Konta beats Magdalena Rybarikova in first spherical

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Italian Open: Johanna Konta beats Magdalena Rybarikova in first spherical

Britain’s Johanna Konta has gained eight and misplaced eight of her 16 singles matches this season

Britain’s Johanna Konta beat Magdalena Rybarikova within the first spherical of the Italian Open to register her second win in eight days over the Slovak.

Konta, ranked 22nd on this planet, beat the 16th seed 6-Four 6-Three in a single hour and 48 minutes in Rome.

She beforehand beat Rybarikova within the first round of the Madrid Open, earlier than being knocked out by Bernarda Pera.

The 26-year-old will play both Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei or Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus subsequent.

British primary Konta had been set to play Petra Kvitova, however the Czech withdrew following her victory in the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Regardless of a number of alternatives for Konta, it was Rybarikova who broke first within the seventh recreation of the primary set.

Konta cancelled out the deficit right away and went on to shut out the set, hitting 19 winners to Rybarikova’s 9.

Within the second set, each gamers struggled to carry serve at first and Rybarikova gained three straight video games to interrupt Konta and take a 3-2 lead.

The Briton compelled her manner again into the set, a punchy forehand ending Rybarikova’s benefit, earlier than saving three break factors in a prolonged recreation to take the lead.

Regardless of 40 unforced errors to Rybarikova’s 24, Konta was capable of maintain on and safe victory.

Vinci bows out with first-round defeat

Former US Open finalist Roberta Vinci bowed out of her ultimate WTA event with a first-round defeat.

The Italian misplaced 2-6 6-Zero 6-Three to Serb qualifier Aleksandra Krunic. The 35-year-old reached the US Open ultimate in 2010 and gained 10 singles title in her profession spanning practically twenty years.

Elsewhere former world primaryVictoria Azarenkawas crushed by Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-Zero 6-3. Osaka who will play high seed Simona Halep within the subsequent spherical.

And world quantity 10 Sloane Stephens of the USA beat Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-7 (4-7) 6-Three 6-1.

BBC Sport – Tennis

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