Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Preview 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs. 🇺🇸 (Q) Bernarda Pera
Johanna Konta and Bernard Pera will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage of the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday. Pera has proven to be a surprisingly troublesome opponent for Konta, the pair have met on 2 occasions in 2018 and claimed 1 win apiece. Both will view this is a winnable match and a great opportunity to reach the third round at the third premier mandatory event of the year.
Clay has always been Johanna Konta’s least successful surface. Perhaps the relatively quick clay courts in Madrid can provide the opportunity for Konta to gain some confidence on clay. Konta started her 2018 Madrid campaign with a solid 6-3 7-5 win over the 16th seeded Magdalena Rybarikova.
Bernarda Pera has already won 3 matches in Madrid. The American claimed straight set wins over Polona Hercog and Sachia Vickery to progress through the qualifying draw whilst a 6-2 4-6 6-3 win over Aryna Sabalenka secured her spot in the second round of the main draw.
Both of the previous matches between the pair took place on a hard court earlier this year. Pera stunned Konta at the second round stage of the Australian Open, a 6-4 7-5 win whilst more recently it was Konta who won 7-6 6-1 in Doha.
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Australian Open 🇦🇺 R2 Preview
🇬🇧 (9) Johanna Konta vs 🇺🇸 (LL) Bernarda Pera
Johanna Konta continues her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title on Thursday with a second round clash against American Lucky-loser Bernarda Pera. Konta was clinical in her opening round match at Melbourne Park, despatching Madison Brengle with little fuss. Konta will be hoping for a similarly straightforward victory here.
Konta made her first big breakthrough at Melbourne Park, reaching the semi-final stage in 2016. Konta also reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne last year. Clearly Konta has fond memories at this event and the quick conditions suit the Britt perfectly. Konta made a perfect start to her 2018 campaign on Tuesday, beating Johanna Konta 6-3 6-1 in little over an hour. Konta produced a very clean performance, hitting 8 aces amongst 37 winners whilst her serve was only broken once.
Bernarda Pera fell at the final stage of the qualifying draw, beaten by Viktorija Golubic in straight sets. Pera found herself in the draw courtesy of receiving after lucky-loser spot when Margarita Gasparyan pulled out of the event due to injury. Pera made the most of her spot in the main draw, the American beat
Anna Blinkova 6-2 6-2 to claim her first ever win in the main draw of a Grand Slam.
This will be the first career meeting between Konta and Pera.