Angelique Kerber vs Johanna Konta, Doha R3 Preview

Qatar Total Open, Doha R3 Preview
?? (8) Angelique Kerber vs ?? (10) Johanna Konta

A blockbuster third round match-up at the Qatar Total Open sees Angelique Kerber take on Johanna Konta, world number 9 against world number 11. Kerber and Konta both look in great shape heading into this match, both have advanced to the third round in Doha without dropping a set. The contrast in styles between these two should make for an exciting encounter.

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action at the 2018 Qatar Total Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Angelique Kerber made a successful return in her first match since her devastating semi-final defeat at the hands of Simona Halep at the Australian Open. After a reasonably tight opening set, Kerber eased past Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-1. Kerber showed good intensity throughout the match against Stosur just as she did throughout the Australian summer. Kerber is a former finalist in Doha, the quick hard courts perfectly suit the German’s game.

Johanna Konta has claimed a couple of good victories to book her spot in the third round in Doha. Konta started the week by avenging her shock loss to Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open last month, Konta defeated the American 7-6 6-1. Konta produced one of her better performances of the season to ease past Carla Suarez Navarro in the second round, claiming a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory.

Kerber holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Konta. Kerber won both of the previous matches between the pair on a hard court. However, it was Konta who won their most recent match, a 6-3 6-4 win on grass in Eastbourne last year.

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