Johanna Konta vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros SF Preview

🇫🇷🥖💶 Roland Garros, SF Preview
🇬🇧 (26) Johanna Konta vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

An unexpected semi-final match-up at Roland Garros sees the 28th seeded Johanna Konta take on 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova. The stakes couldn’t be much higher, Konta and Vondrousova will both be aiming to reach a maiden Grand Slam final. Both players enter this match full of confidence having claimed successive straight set wins over quality opposition to reach this stage of the tournament, who will prevail?

Johanna Konta is having an unbelievably good clay court season for someone who has never previously even won a main draw match in Paris. It all started in Marrakech where Konta reached her first clay court final before reaching the final in Rome last month. Konta has carried her strong form into Paris where she has played some devastating tennis. The British number 1 navigated her way through the first week of the event with wins over Antonia Lottner, Lauren Davis and Viktoria Kuzmova, Konta’s 3 set win over Davis was the only match she has dropped a set this tournament. Konta’s two most recent victories have been especially impressive, a 6-2 6-4 win over the 23rd seeded Donna Vekic before crushing the 7th seeded Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-4 in a near-flawless serving display.

Marketa Vondrousova has swept through the draw In Paris without dropping a single set to reach the final 4 of a Grand Slam for the first time. The unseeded Czech started the event with wins over Yafan Wang and Anastasia Potapova before beating 3 seeded opponent in a row. Vondrousova cruised past the 28th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-4 before crushing the 12th seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-2 6-0. Vondrousova’s greatest challenge came at the quarter-final stage where she battled past the 31st seeded Petra Martic 7-6 7-5 in what was a gruelling match that lasted exactly 2 hours. Vondrousova now gets a change at revenge against Johanna Konta, an opponent she recently lost to in Rome.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Vondrousova defeated Konta 7-6 6-4 in Indian Wells last year whilst more recently Konta claimed a 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory in Rome last month. Konta’s recent win over Vondrousova on clay gives her the slight edge heading into this match but Vondrousova will fancy her chances on this occasion.

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Sloane Stephens vs. Johanna Konta, Roland Garros QF Preview

🇫🇷🥖💶 Roland Garros, QF Preview
🇺🇸 (7) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇬🇧 (26) Johanna Konta

Sloane Stephens and Johanna Konta will renew hostilities when they go head-to-head at the quarter-final stage at Roland Garros. This will be the third career meeting between the pair, interestingly it was Johanna Konta who won both of those matches, both earlier this year. Nevertheless, it is the American who heads into this match as the slight favourite, last year’s runner-up is the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw and will fancy her chances of reaching back-to-back finals in Paris.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

The 7th seeded Sloane Stephens hasn’t always had things her own way on rote to the final 8 in Paris. Stephens overcame strong late resistance in all 3 of her matches in the first week of the event. Stephens managed to escape with straight set wins over Misaki Doi and Sara Sorribes Tormo but was not so fortunate against Polona Hercog where she failed to serve out the match before eventually claiming a 6-3 5-7 6-4 victory. The 2017 US Open champion produced her best performance of the tournament at the round of 16 stage where she comfortably beat Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-3 to announce herself as a genuine contender at Roland Garros.

Johanna Konta arrives in Paris having never won a main draw match at Roland Garros, Konta had previously lost 4 times at the opening round stage. However, Konta did arrives in Paris in great form having recently reached the Rome final and has continued that strong form in Paris. Konta broke her Paris duck with a straight set win over Antonia Lottner before battling past Lauren Davis in 3 sets. Konta produced a couple of clinical performances to secure a spot in the final 8, beating Viktoria Kuzmova and Donna Vekic in straight sets. To be fair, Konta has had a favourable draw, Stephens will provide her biggest test yet in the next round, an opponent Konta has actually had recent success against.

Konta holds a perfect 2-0 record over Stephens. The pair met for the first time in Brisbane at the start of the year, Konta won 6-4 6-3, more recently Konta prevailed 6-7 6-4 6-1 on the clay in Rome. Nevertheless, facing Stephens at a Grand Slam is likely to be a much tougher test for Konta, can the American make it third time lucky against the Brit?

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Johanna Konta vs. Lauren Davis, Roland Garros R2 Preview

🇫🇷🥖💶 Roland Garros, R2 Preview
🇬🇧 (26) Johanna Konta vs. 🇺🇸 (wc) Lauren Davis

Johanna Konta continues her Roland Garros campaign on Thursday with a second round clash against America’s Lauren Davis. A red-hot Konta finally broke her Roland Garros duck with an opening round win against Antonia Lottner and will be a fairly strong favourite in this match-up against the American wild card. However, Davis is also in good form at the moment, can the American cause an upset?

Lauren Davis of the United States in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Konta is playing the best tennis of her career on clay. The British number 1 arrived in Paris fresh from a runner-up showing in Rome, her best ever result on a clay court. Konta also reached the final in Rabat earlier this year on clay, overall Konta boasts an impressive 11-3 win/loss record on the red dirt in 2019. Konta kick-started her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with a 6-4 6-4 win over Antonia Lottner, her first ever main draw win at Roland Garros in her fifth attempt.

Lauren Davis made the most of her main draw wild card in the opening round as she easily defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-2 6-4. Davis went through her opening round match without dropping serve but it must be said that Pliskova offered little to no resistance, Davis will face a much tougher test against an in form Konta in the next round. Davis also brings good momentum into this match having arrives in Paris fresh from winning the ITF 100K event in Bonita Springs a few weeks ago.

Konta holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Davis, this will be their first ever meeting at the tour level.

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Su-Wei Hsieh vs. Johanna Konta, Indian Wells R2 Preview

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🇹🇼 (27) Su-Wei Hsieh vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

Su-Wei Hsieh and Johanna Konta will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. The 27th seeded Hsieh received a bye through the opening round whilst Konta progressed to the second round with a straight set win over Pauline Parmentier. This has been a competitive rivalry in recent times, expect another tight tussle here.

Su-Wei Hsieh continues to climb up the WTA rankings. Hsieh has made a good start to the 2019 season having already reached a couple of semi-finals, including a run to the final 4 in Dubai a few weeks ago where she claimed notable wins over Anastasija Sevastova, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Angelique Kerber and Karolina Pliskova before succumbing to Petra Kvitova in 3 sets.

Johanna Konta has produced some good performances in 2019 but ultimately has struggled to consistently play at the level that saw her reach a career high of number 4 in the rankings a few years ago. Konta arrives in Indian Wells fresh from a quarter-finals showing in Acapulco and made fairly light work of her first round match-up against Pauline Parmentier with a 6-2 6-3 victory.

Konta holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Hsieh. Konta has comfortably won the last couple of matches between the pair, including a 6-0 6-4 win in Rome last year.

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Johanna Konta vs. Ajla Tomljanovic, Australian Open R1 Preview

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🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs. 🇦🇺 Ajla Tomljanovic

Johanna Konta and Ajla Tomljanovic will do battle for the second time this month when they meet at the opening round stage of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Konta and Tomljanovic went head-to-head in Brisbane a few weeks ago, it was Tomljanovic who somewhat surprisingly came out on that occasion, can Konta reverse that result at Melbourne Park?

Ajla Tomljanovic of Australia in action during the first round of the 2019 Sydney International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Johanna Konta has made an erratic start to the 2019 season. Konta started the year with a significant straight set win over Sloane Stephens in Brisbane but was dumped from the tournament in the second round by Ajla Tomljanovic. Konta then went down to Sydney where she competed in the qualifying draw, Konta withdrew from her second round match with a neck injury.

Ajla Tomljanovic made a good start to the year in Brisbane. The adopted Aussie reached the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International where she defeated Katerina Siniakova and Johanna Konta before succumbing to Karolina Pliskova in 3 lopsided set match. More recently Tomljanovic was in Sydney last week where she suffered a straight set opening round loss to Camila Giorgi.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Both of their previous matches took place in Brisbane. Konta claimed a 3 set victory last year whilst Tomljanovic defeated Konta 6-2 7-6 a few weeks ago. Who will come out on top on this occasion?

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Sloane Stephens vs. Johanna Konta, Brisbane R1 Preview

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🇺🇸 (3) Sloane Stephens vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

Sloane Stephens and Johanna Konta will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet in an exciting opening round clash in Brisbane. It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out, a match-up that features an extreme contrast in styles. Konta has a powerful, aggressive game but is very mechanical whilst Stephens has easy power and is a supreme athlete.

Sloane Stephens has struggled during the Australian summer in recent times and will no doubt be focusing on having a great month down under in 2019. Stephens was very inconsistent in 2018, her best is extremely good but she seems to pick and choose when to produce that level. Brisbane is an important tournament for Stephens to gain momentum and confidence heading into the first Grand Slam of the year.

Johanna Konta of Great Britain practices ahead of the 2019 Brisbane International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Johanna Konta also had a very inconsistent 2018 season. Unlike Stephens, Konta has started well over the last few years. Konta has made it to the quarter-final stage at the Australian Open in 2 of the last 3 years. The Sydney-born Brit sees Australia as a second home and her game is well suited to the quick hard courts in Brisbane where she made the quarter-finals last year.

Will the third seeded Stephens survive a tough opening round match-up?

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Ashleigh Barty vs. Johanna Konta, Wuhan R1 Preview

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🇦🇺 (16) Ashleigh Barty vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

Ash Barty had her big breakthrough at a major event in Wuhan 12 months ago when she made it all the way to the final. The pressure is on Barty this week to defend her finalist points and she begins her 2018 campaign with a potentially tough opening round clash against Johanna Konta. Barty has won the last couple of matches between the two and will be the favourite to make it 3 wins in a row over the Brit.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia in action during her third-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Barty and Konta were both in action in Tokyo last week, both suffered disappointing second round losses. Barty was beaten by Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, whilst Konta was beaten by Donna Vekic in straight sets. In general it has been Barty that has been in the much better form over the last few months, highlighted by a semi-final showing in Montreal and a run to the fourth round at the US Open.

Barty holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Konta. The most recent match between the pair took place in the Nottingham final earlier this year, a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win for Barty. Barty also beat Konta in Wuhan last year on route to the final, a match that ended in a third set tiebreak.

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Caroline Garcia vs. Johanna Konta, US Open R1 Preview

🇺🇸🗽 US OPEN: R1 Preview
🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

A blockbuster first round clash in New York sees the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia take on British number 1: Johanna Konta. This is a brutal opening round draw for both, Konta is certainly one of the most dangerous unseeded players in this year’s US Open draw. Konta has had the edge in this match-up of late, winning 3 of the last 4 matches between the pair, but Garcia has generally been the more impressive of the two of late.

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her third-round match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Caroline Garcia brings decent form into the final Grand Slam of the year. Garcia had a couple of good wins in Montreal and New Haven where she reached the quarter-finals. Garcia is undoubtedly capable of causing a lot of damage at the highest level but she still struggles with inconsistency. Garcia has made it to the third round in the last couple of years in New York and will be aiming to go a couple of steps further in 2018 as the 6th seed.

Johanna Konta will be competing at a Grand Slam event without being seeded for the first time in a while. Perhaps this will be a favourable position for Konta as there is certainly far less pressure on her at the moment. Konta played 4 events in the lead-up to the US Open, her best result was a quarter-final showing in San Jose where she thrashed Serena Williams. Konta arrives in New York fresh from a second round withdrawal in New Haven last week due to a viral illness.

Konta holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Garcia. The pair met on two occasions in 2017, both went the distance. Garcia defeated Konta in a final set tiebreak in Indian Wells whilst most recently Konta won 7-6 4-6 6-4 at Wimbledon.

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Serena Williams vs. Johanna Konta, San Jose R1 Preview

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🇺🇸 (6) Serena Williams vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

The pick of the opening round matches at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose sees Serena Williams take on Johanna Konta. Serena Williams will be in action for the first time since her runner-up appearance at Wimbledon last month. Johanna Konta looms as a tough opening round test for the American, It will be interesting to see what type of level Serena brings to this tournament.

Serena Williams came agonizingly close to creating some more history at Wimbledon last month as she made it all the way to the final. However, Serena was totally outplayed in the final against Angelique Kerber, an uncharacteristically uncompetitive performance by Serena on the biggest stage. Nevertheless, the signs are good for Serena just a couple of months into her return, she will be aiming to claim a couple of titles back at home over the next few months.

Johanna Konta had a relatively poor grass court swing, a second round exit at the hands of Dominika Cibulkova at Wimbledon was a big blow for Konta who was defending semi-finalist points. The pressure is now off Konta, she is outside the top 30 and doesn’t have big chunks of points to defend, perhaps she can return to her best whilst the pressure is off.

The only previous match between the pair took place at the Australian Open in 2017. The match loomed as a blockbuster quarter-final between the two form players on tour but Serena proved to be a class above Konta, winning quite comfortably 6-2 6-3.

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Johanna Konta vs. Dominika Cibulkova, Wimbledon R2 Preview

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🇬🇧 (22) Johanna Konta vs. 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova

The pick of the second round match-ups on Thursday at Wimbledon sees British number 1 Johanna Konta take on the always-dangerous Dominika Cibulkova. This is a tough early round test for both ladies, both have made it to the final stages of Grand Slams in the past and would both be deeply unsatisfied with a second round exit. Who can step up their game and claim a big early round scalp?

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in action during her first round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Konta came through a dramatic opening round clash at SW19. The 22nd seed was seemingly cruising to a fairly straightforward victory when she led Natalia Vikhlyantseva by a set and a break but things got complicated on route to a 7-5 7-6 victory. Konta saved a couple of set points at 4-5 before squandering a 6-2 lead in the tiebreak, eventually sealing the victory on her 6th attempt. Konta made it all the way to the semi-finals in London last year, the pressure is on Konta to replicate that run as the only real British hope in the women’s draw.

Dominika Cibulkova is two-time former quarter-finalist at Wimbledon and is in desperate need of a deep run at a major to revitalize her career. The Slovakian has had an unspectacular season but is as determined as ever to turn things around. Cibulkova started her Wimbledon campaign with 7-6 6-1 victory over Alize Cornet. Cibulkova was down for most of the opening set but once she fought back to take the set in a tiebreak she completely overpowered Cornet in the second, a good win for the 29-year-old.

Konta holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Cibulkova. The most recent match between the pair took place in Cincinnati in 2017, Konta claimed a 6-3 6-4 win on that occasion. This will be their first career meeting on a grass court and their first meeting at a Grand Slam.

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