Apia International, Sydney R1
(6) Johanna Konta vs (LL) Arina Rodionova
Johanna Konta begins her 2017 Apia International campaign on Monday with a first round clash against Arina Rodionova. The British number 1 will have a greater sense of pressure on her in 2017 after a somewhat unexpected breakthrough season in 2016 that saw her reach the top 10. Konta made a steady start in week 1, reaching the semi-final stage in Shenzhen and will be looking for another good week in Sydney as she prepares to defend semi-final points in Melbourne.