Johanna Konta vs Bernarda Pera, Australian Open R2 Preview

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.

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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.

Johanna Konta vs Madison Brengle, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R1 Preview
(9) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs 🇺🇸 Madison Brengle

Johanna Konta will begin her 2018 Australian Open campaign against Madison Brengle on Tuesday. Konta did not have an ideal preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year, an injury scare in Brisbane and an early exit in Sydney. Nevertheless, Konta seems confident heading into Melbourne and rightfully so given her previous results at the event: a semi-final showing in 2016 and a quarter-final appearance last year.

Johanna Konta ended 2017 in very poor form but did well to regain momentum in Brisbane. Konta started the season with 2 victories from a set down in Brisbane against Keys and Tomljanovic before being forced to retire with a hip injury against Svitolina. Konta was dealt a brutal draw in Sydney, coming up against Agnieszka Radwanska, a rematch of last years final. Unfortunately for the defending champion she was unable to execute her game, losing to the Pole in a nervy performance.

Madison Brengle’s form in the lead up to the first slam of the year has been unspectacular. Brengle was dealt a tough draw in Auckland, defeated by Wozniacki in straight sets in the opening round. The American then moved down to Auckland where she was unable to get through the qualifying draw, beaten by Kurumi Nara in straight sets.

The head-to-head record between Konta and Brengle is split at 1 win apiece. Brengle defeated Konta in straight sets in Linz in 2015 whilst more recently Konta won 6-4 6-0 in Indian Wells in 2016.

Johanna Konta vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Sydney R1 Preview

Sydney International, R1 Preview
(4) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska

The pick of the first round matches at the Sydney International sees Johanna Konta take on Agnieszka Radwanska, a repeat of 2017’s final. This is a brutal draw for the two former champions, but both will see it as good preparation before heading to the Australian Open.

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Konta and Radwanska both reached the quarter-final stage in their opening tournament last week. Konta won a couple of tough matches over Madison Keys and Ajla Tomljanovic in Brisbane before being forced to retire early in the third set with a hip injury against Elina Svitolina. Konta and Svitolina were both playing at an extremely high level before Konta’s unfortunate retirement.

Radwanska’s first week ended in great disappointment. Radwanska was shockingly eliminated by Sachia Vickery at the quarter-finals stage in Auckland, a 2-6 2-6 loss. Radwanska claimed wins over Beatriz Maia Haddad and Taylor Townsend earlier in the week.

Radwanska holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Konta. Radwanska won the two matches between the pair in 2016, a 3 set win in Cincinnati and a straight set win in the final at the China Open. The most recent match was in last year’s Sydney final where Konta produced a sublime level to win 6-4 6-2.

Elina Svitolina vs Johanna Konta, Brisbane QF Preview

Brisbane International, Quarter-Final Preview
🇺🇦 (3) Elina Svitolina vs 🇬🇧 (5) Johanna Konta

The pick of the quarter-final matches at the Brisbane International sees Elina Svitolina take on Johanna Konta, the first all top 10 battle of the 2018 season. Elina Svitolina has won both of the previous meetings between the pair, Konta will be keen to reverse that trend. Konta has made a gutsy run to the final 8 in Brisbane, coming from a set down in both of her opening matches. Konta will need a much more consistent performance if she is to be successful against Svitolina.

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Elina Svitolina has made a superb start to her 2018 campaign in Brisbane. Svitolina started the event with a 6-2 6-4 win over Carla Suarez Navarro before clinically disposing of the always-dangerous Ana Konjuh with little fuss, winning 6-3 6-1. Svitolina is one of several serious contenders looking to claim her maiden Grand Slam title in 2018.

Johanna Konta is another player in the mix for a maiden Grand Slam title. The British number 1 ended 2017 in poor form but has displayed signs of her old self in a couple of hard-fought victories to start the year. Konta was dealt a brutal first round draw against Madison Keys. Konta came through that match with flying colours, winning 4-6 6-4 6-3 after a tough start. Konta again found herself a set down in her second round match against Ajla Tomljanovic. Konta played an awful first set but gradually improved enough to record a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win.

As mentioned above, it is Svitolina who holds a 2-0 record over Konta. The most recent match between the pair took place in Zhuhai in 2016, Svitolina claimed a 2-6 6-1 6-4 victory. Can Konta reverse the trend and claim her first career win over Svitolina or will the Ukrainian be too strong?

Johanna Konta vs Ajla Tomljanovic, Brisbane R2 Preview

Brisbane International, R2 Preview
(5) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs 🇦🇺 Ajla Tomljanovic

Johanna Konta kick-started her 2018 campaign in style with a hard-fought 3 set win over Madison Keys on Monday. Konta will be straight back into action on Tuesday as she comes up against an ever-improving Ajla Tomljanovic on Pat Rafter Arena.

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Johanna received a brutal opening round draw in Brisbane, coming up against Madison Keys, the highest ranked unseeded players in the draw. It was a tight battle, but Konta improved as the match wore on and eventually claimed a 4-6 6-4 6-3 win. One break of serve was the difference in each set. After Keys blasted Konta off the court in the opening set, Konta steadily improved as the match went on and she improved her serve to keep Keys at bay. Konta’s trademark aggressive deep hitting from the baseline was on full display s was her power at end-range. Konta will gain a lot of confidence from this win, especially after she ended 2017 with a string of disappointing losses.

Ajla Tomljanovic cruised into the second round in Brisbane. Tomljanovic easily accounted for fellow Aussie Destanee Aiava 6-1 6-4. Tomljanovic’s serve was her standout weapon against Aiava. Tomljanovic was broken on just 1 occasion, served 7 aces and won 79 percent of points behind her first serve. Tomljanovic will face a far greater test when she comes up against Johanna Konta on Tuesday evening on the main court.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair. With over 100 ranking places between them, on paper it looks like a one-sided match but Tomljanovic is much better than her ranking suggests and if she serves well and plays consistent tennis from the baseline, this could be a close one.

Dominika Cibulkova vs Johanna Konta, Cincinnati R3 Preview

Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R3 Preview + Prediction
(7) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs (11) 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova

An exciting third round clash at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday evening sees the 7th seeded Johanna Konta come up against the 11th seeded Dominika Cibulkova. Konta and Cibulkova both cruised through their second round matches in Cincinnati. Konta defeated Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-3 whilst Cibulkova beat Alize Cornet 6-4 6-1. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at one win apiece, both matches took place on hard court last year. The scene is set for a high intensity, close match between two of the toughest competitors on tour with a quarter-final spot up for grabs in Cincinnati.

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Johanna Konta vs Venus Williams, Wimbledon SF Preview

Wimbledon🌱🏆🎩🇬🇧💂🍓 Semi-Final Match Preview:
SF #2: (6) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs (10) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams

A blockbuster second semi-final at Wimbledon on Thursday sees local hope Johanna Konta come up against 5-time former champion Venus Williams. Johanna Konta is now just two wins away from becoming the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977. Whilst Venus Williams is two wins away from becoming the oldest champion at Wimbledon. These two have built up a nice rivalry in recent years, Konta holds a 3-2 head-to-head advantage over the American, Thursday’s semi-final will be their first ever meeting on a grass court. With so much on the line, this is sure to be a tense encounter, one that could seemingly go either way given how evenly matches these two have proven to be.

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Simona Halep vs Johanna Konta, Wimbledon QF Preview

Wimbledon🌱🎩🇬🇧💂🍓 Quarter-Final Match Preview:
QF #4: (2) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs (6) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

The fourth and final quarter-final of the day at SW19 is the pick of the bunch. Johanna Konta is aiming to become the first British woman to win Wimbledon since Virginia Wade’s triumph in 1977. The Brit has already come through some extremely tough matches at this event and will now face her greatest test yet when she comes up against the second seeded Simona Halep. The world number 1 ranking will again be on offer for Halep here, if Halep advances to the semi-finals she is guaranteed to be the new world number 1, otherwise it will be Karolina Pliskova that will rise to number 1 come next week. There is clearly a lot on the line heading into this one, a match that should go right down to the wire.

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Johanna Konta vs Donna Vekic, Wimbledon R2 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 3, R2 Match Preview:
(6) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs 🇭🇷 Donna Vekic

Johanna Konta continues her quest to become the first British women’s winner at Wimbledon since Virginia Wade in 1977. Konta will come up against rising-star Donna Vekic in the second round, an opponent that defeated Konta just a few weeks ago in the Nottingham final on grass. Konta will be much more alert heading into this clash and will be eager to avenge her recent shock loss to Vekic and keep her Wimbledon dream alive.

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Johanna Konta vs Karolina Pliskova, Eastbourne SF Preview

Aegon International, 🇬🇧 Eastbourne SF #2 Preview
(5) 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta vs (3) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova

Friday’s second semi-final from the Aegon International will be a blockbuster clash between Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova, two of the most powerful players on tour. Konta and Pliskova loom as two of the main threats at SW19 next month, this semi-final clash looms as an important match for both as they look to gain momentum ahead of the third Grand Slam of the year. There will be little to separate these two, both have very similar games and both are playing good tennis this week in Eastbourne.

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