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?? (11) Johanna Konta vs. ?? (22) Elise Mertens
Johanna Konta and Elise Mertens will meet for the first time when they collide at the third round of the Miami Open on Sunday. Johanna Konta kick started her title defense at the Miami Open in style with a straight set win over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens but is likely to face a far tougher test when she takes on another Belgian in the form of Elise Mertens. It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in the first career meeting between the pair.
Johanna Konta has been unable to gain any real momentum in 2018 and as a result the Brit has slipped out of the top 10. Konta has won back-to-back matches at just 2 events out of the 6 tournaments she has competed in this year, a disappointing return. Konta will look to ignite her season in Miami, the scene of her biggest tournament triumph to date in 2017. Konta’s title defense started on a positive note as she defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-3.
Elise Mertens started the season on fire in Australia but her form has dropped off considerably in the last month or so. Mertens started the year with bang winning 10 of her first 11 matches which saw her win the title in Hobart and make the semi-finals in Melbourne. Since then Mertens has won 1 of her last 4 tour level matches including back-to-back opening round exits heading into Miami. Nevertheless, Mertens made a decent start to her Miami campaign, claiming a 7-6 6-3 win over Bernarda Pera.
Surprisingly, this will be the first career meeting between the pair.