Johanna Konta vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Doha R2 Preview

Qatar Total Open, Doha R2 Preview
?? (10) Johanna Konta vs ?? Carla Suarez Navarro

An interesting second round match-up at the Qatar Total Open on Wednesday sees the 10th seeded Johanna Konta take on Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. This is an intriguing match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles between these two. The aggressive, powerful game of Konta against the defensive skills and touch of Suarez Navarro. Who will emerge victories and book a spot in the third round in Doha?

Johanna Konta started her Doha campaign by avenging her shock loss to Bernarda Pera at the Australian Open. Konta snuck through a tight opening set before running away with the match, winning 7-6 6-1. It has been an okay start to the season for Konta, however the results have not been what she would have hoped for. There have been signs that Konta’s best is not too far away, perhaps she can find her groove over the coming weeks.

Carla Suarez Navarro secured a second round showdown with Johanna Konta courtesy of a 3-6 6-3 6-3 win over Kateryna Bondarenko. Carla has been involved in a lot of 3 set matches of late, at the Australian Open the Spaniard went the distance on 4 occasions during her quarter-final run. In general, Carla is in good form right now and will fancy her chances against Konta.

It was Konta who won the only previous matches between the pair, a 7-5 7-6 win in Wuhan in 2016.

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