Konta wins as Djokovic sees off Kyle

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Jo­hanna Konta reached round three of the Mi­ami Open but fel­low Bri­ton Kyle Ed­mund was beaten by No­vak Djokovic.

Konta, the 24th seed, saw off Mon­tene­gro's Danka Kovinic 6-4 6-2 to set up a third-round meet­ing with Rus­sian qual­i­fier Elena Ves­nina. Ed­mund lost the first four games but fought back be­fore world num­ber one Djokovic pre­vailed 6-3 6-3.

"I felt like I did put my game out there and tried to play some ag­gres­sive ten­nis," said Ed­mund. "At points it worked, it shows I can be ag­gres­sive, but at times I need to find the bal­ance."

Konta keeps up the mo­men­tum: The Bri­tish num­ber one lost her open­ing ser­vice game, but there were no fur­ther alarms as she broke world num­ber 51 Kovinic four times over one hour and 24 min­utes.

"It was much closer than the sec­ond set score showed," said Konta. "We had a lot of deuce games, a lot of back and forth.

"She's been push­ing some of the best play­ers in the world to quite the limit in the last cou­ple of weeks, so I was re­ally happy how I was able to com­pete against her."

Ves­nina beat Venus Wil­liams in three sets, and will look to re­peat her vic­tory over Konta from their only pre­vi­ous meet­ing four years ago.

Konta said: "I ac­tu­ally saw her in the locker room and asked her ' who do you play next', and she said, ' Oh, you!'

"I've played her I think only once be­fore - I def­i­nitely lost to her that time. I'm def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge."

Djokovic im­pressed by Ed­mund: The 21-year-old from York­shire looked like he might suf­fer a swift and hu­mil­i­at­ing fate when he trailed 4-0, but Ed­mund broke serve to stop the rot and man­aged to make some head­way with his heavy fore­hand. Ed­mund de­tained the top seed for 80 min­utes, with­out ever threat­en­ing an up­set.

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