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Italian Open: Johanna Konta loses to Jelena Ostapenko in Rome

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Italian Open: Johanna Konta loses to Jelena Ostapenko in Rome

Johanna Konta has not gained towards a top-10 participant since beating Simona Halep at Wimbledon final 12 months

British primary Johanna Konta was knocked out of the Italian Open on her 27th birthday by French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Latvian fifth seed Ostapenko, 20, recovered from shedding the primary set to win the last-16 match 2-6 6-Three 6-Four in Rome.

Defeat was world quantity 22 Konta’s fifth in a succession towards a top-10 participant.

Ostapenko will play Maria Sharapova or Daria Gavrilova within the quarter-finals.

Konta raced away with the opening set, breaking Ostapenko’s serve twice to steer 4-1 after solely 17 minutes, then serving out.

She had blown a first-set lead in her three earlier matches towards top-10 gamers, and the identical sample adopted towards the world quantity six.

Ostapenko quickly rediscovered the shape which helped her declare a shock victory as an unseeded teenager at Roland Garros final 12 months, touchdown some ferocious winners as Konta hardly ever didn’t assault her serve within the second set.

Ostapenko broke Konta’s serve early in a extra evenly contested last set and, after Konta wasted a break level at 3-Four with a wild return, clinched victory in two hours 13 minutes along with her first match level.

Romanian world primary Simona Halep was given a walkover into the quarter-finals as American Madison Keys withdrew due to a rib harm.

Reigning champion Elina Svitolina, from Ukraine, beat Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 0-6 6-Three 6-2.

She is going to play two-time Grand Slam winner Angelique Kerber within the final eight after the German gained 6-1 6-1 towards Greece’s Maria Sakkari.

France’s Caroline Garcia arrange a quarter-final with Halep was by beating American Sloane Stephens 6-1 7-6 whereas Maria Sharapova of Russia additionally made it by means of to the final eight with a win over Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 6-Three 6-4.

The Italian Open is without doubt one of the last clay-court tournaments earlier than the French Open begins on 27 Might in Paris.

Evaluation

BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller

Konta is, to some extent, nonetheless in restoration mode – however her prospects look brighter, although she remains to be on the lookout for a primary win over a top-10 participant since final 12 months’s Wimbledon.

Within the first set, Konta was correct, aggressive and performed with nice readability. There may maybe have been a gap for her early within the second set, however Ostapenko held on and started to hit her stride.

Konta fought arduous within the decider, having dropped the opening sport on serve, however her one fleeting probability to interrupt again was missed and she is going to head to the French Open after an extended weekend at dwelling.

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