FIRST DAY SURPRISE
Johanna shocked by Laura after midnight
BRITISH number one Johanna Konta was knocked out in the Madrid Open first round by Laura Siegemund in the early hours of Sunday morning.
With all six scheduled matches on the main Manolo Santana court going the full three sets, the onform Laura, fresh from winning in Stuttgart last week, and sixth seed Johanna didn’t get on court until just before midnight.
Johanna appeared to have handled the long wait better as she took the first set 63.
However, Laura battled back to take her winning streak to six matches, four of which have come against top 10 players, by taking the final two sets 7-5, 6-4.
Eugenie Bouchard set up a potential mouth-watering secondround clash with Maria Sharapova by registering her first win on the WTA Tour since January’s Australian Open over France’s Alize Cornet 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Eugenie called Maria “a cheater” last week and suggested the Russian should be banned for life after testing positive for meldonium.
“I hope I can play Maria,” said Eugenie.
“Once I step on the court, everything will be to the side.
“But, you know, inside myself, I think I’ll have a bit more motivation.”
World No 3 Karolina Pliskova was the only seed in action on Saturday to survive and even the Czech was pushed hard by Lesia Tsurenko before winning 7-6 (75), 2-6, 6-2.
Ninth seed Madison Keys was beaten by Japan’s Misaki Doi 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
And 12th seed Elena Vesnina’s poor form since winning in Indian Wells in March continued with a straight sets 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Romanian Irina Begu. AFP
Once I step on the court, everything will be to the side. But, you know, inside myself, I think I’ll have a bit more motivation.
Japan’s Misaki Doi returns a shot to Madison Keys in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Saturday. Misaki won 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.