Johanna Konta marked a career milestone at the Aegon Open in Nottingham today after her victory over compatriot Tara Moore saw her chalk up her 300th career singles win.
The world number eight was not aware of this achievement being on the horizon but naturally was delighted. She said: “It’s a nice surprise, but obviously not under the best of circumstances, more of a celebration of all the other victories I’ve had along the way and the flowers are beautiful!”
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Johanna Konta sealed her 300th singles career match win and booked her place in the next round at the Aegon Open in Nottingham following the unfortunate retirement of her opponent Tara Moore due to a left foot injury.
The top seed was leading 6-2, 2-0 before the incident occurred and despite continuing and finishing that game Moore called time on the match. Konta was in control throughout and was not required to play at her best level, with her compatriot struggling on serve, hitting 10 double faults and only managing to make 50% of her first serves in. Breaks in the third and the seventh game of the first set and two breaks in the second left the world number eight in prime position to secure victory before Moore was forced to retire.
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Su-Wei Hsieh secured the biggest singles win of her career as she defeated a top 10 player for the first time in the form of Johanna Konta 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 in the first round at the French Open.
Ranked at 109 in the world, the Chinese Taipei player was on a five match losing streak and the signs looked ominous after losing the first set 6-1, but Hsieh dug deep and staved off five break points in the second set before taking it on a tiebreak. After trading breaks in the final set she held her nerve, staving off four break back points in the final game before ousting the seventh seed.
Hsieh advances to face Taylor Townsend in the second round after the American defeated Miyu Kato in straight sets 6-4, 6-0. There were also opening round victories for fifth seed Elina Svitolina, 21st seed Carla Suarez Navarro, Tsvetana Pironkova and Sorana Cirstea.
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The 2016 US Open was certainly a memorable one for British Tennis, with eight players competing in the main draw, three men reaching the third round in New York for the first time since 1968 and three of the country’s finest progressing to the last 16 of a major for the first time since 1985 (Australian Open).
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Johanna Konta produced one of the best performances of her career to stun 26th seed Belinda Bencic in just 52 minutes, winning 6-2, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the US Open for the second year in a row.
Heading into the match Bencic led their head to head 2-1, winning their most recent encounter on the grass at Eastbourne last year 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. That being said, Konta has risen over 100 places in the rankings since then to move above her at 14 in the world.
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Johanna Konta came through an incredibly tough battle, not just with Tsvetana Pironkova, but her own body as well as she collapsed on court during a three sets victory 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 at the US Open.
Cruise control from Konta in the first set
The British number one got off to the perfect start in this second round encounter, breaking the Bulgarian’s serve immediately before holding serve to love. Pironkova got her first game on the board with a far more comfortable hold of serve and gained a window of opportunity after two forehand errors left Konta at 30-30. The Brit refocused herself and held to move 3-1 in front.
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Johanna Konta looked mightily impressive on serve as she dispatched American opponent Bethanie Mattek-Sands in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, in the first round of the US Open.
The British number one reached the fourth round in New York last year but faced a tough opener in the form of American Mattek-Sands, a wildcard who thrives on the big stage. This encounter was the pair’s first meeting, with both players enjoying good runs at the Olympics in Rio a couple of weeks ago after Konta reached the quarterfinals in singles and her opponent won gold in the mixed doubles with partner Jack Sock.
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