Ker­ber wins at Hong Kong Open; Konta with­draws

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Top-ranked An­gelique Ker­ber quickly fin­ished off her rain-de­layed sec­ond-round match against Louisa Chirico at the Hong Kong Open yes­ter­day, drop­ping just one game to pre­vail 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Ker­ber was lead­ing Chirico 21 in the third set when the match was halted on Wed­nes­day due to rain.

Sec­ond-seeded Venus Wil­liams was de­feated by Al­ize Cor­net 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, while third­seeded Jo­hanna Konta with­drew with an ab­dom­i­nal strain.

Konta’s with­drawal puts her chances of qual­i­fy­ing for the sea­son-end­ing WTA Fi­nals in jeop­ardy. She is cur­rently in the eighth and fi­nal spot in the stand­ings for the WTA Fi­nals in Sin­ga­pore, but sev­eral play­ers are still in con­tention.

Konta reached the China Open fi­nal last week and be­came the first Bri­tish woman to crack the top 10 since Jo Durie in 1984.

Also, fifth-seeded Caro­line Woz­ni­acki ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Heather Wat­son and eighth-seeded Daria Gavrilova de­feated Ka­te­rina Sini­akova 62, 7-5.

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