The Daily Telegraph - Business : 2020-09-01

Sport | Us Open : 19 : 11

Sport | Us Open

The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 September 2020 *** 11 No need for mind games as clinical Konta faces Watson By Simon Briggs Match goes ahead with the world No 13 still smarting over being the target for stunt at Battle of the Brits team event A n all-British first-round match is a rarity at a slam, particular­ly overseas. When Johanna Konta faces Heather Watson today at the US Open, it will be the first example since Laura Robson and Naomi Broady met at the same event four years ago. reported “a subtle sense of niggle” about that 2016 match, as Broady took an apparently endless lavatory break and Robson admitted afterwards that “I let a couple of things get to me”. But it seems highly unlikely that Konta – with her clinical, almost mechanical approach – will become involved in any such mind games. She always plays the ball, not the woman. And she speaks highly of Watson as “one of the girls I am closer to, out of those at home”. The comment carries extra weight because Konta is on distant terms with many British players – a situation that was hardly improved by the fallout from the recent Battle of the Brits Team Tennis event. Having been invited to participat­e by organiser Jamie Murray, Konta played a couple of matches on July 27 and 28, then took herself off to train elsewhere for the rest of the week. Her absence from the sidelines occasioned much snarky comment. And when the closing ceremony came around, one of the male players drew a big laugh by brandishin­g a cardboard cut-out of her in her tennis gear. The atmosphere at the Battle of the Brits was jocular and rowdy, like a summer camp for sporty teenagers. Even in that context, however, the stunt was insensitiv­e. “It’s a decision and choice they made and I think it reflects more on them than me,” said a clearly unimpresse­d Konta at the weekend. “There was never any talk of events like the Fed Cup, where you should be present at the side of the court,” she said. “Some people may have interprete­d it as not supporting. But no one knew because no one asked me, and Jamie never told anyone that I was only contracted to play two matches anyway.” The Daily Telegraph Andy Murray v Yoshihito Nishioka Venus Williams v Karolina Muchova Serena Williams v Kristie Ahn The search for major No 24 goes on. Williams is the bookmakers’ favourite here, but Derbyshire Bowling: Gloucester­shire P W L T NR Pts RR 289-8 (50 overs; S Dunkley 97, A DavidsoRic­hards 61; S Patel 4-52); 212 (45.5 overs; A Carr 99; B Smith 3-25). S J Croft 4-0-29-2, T E Bailey 4-0-31-1, L J Hurt 2-0-27-0, D J Lamb 4-0-31-1, T W Hartley 2-0-13-1, M W Parkinson 4-0-41-1. J A Haynes lbw b Smith J D Libby c J M R Taylor b Smith B L D’Oliveira c J M R Taylor b Higgins R A Whiteley run out †O B Cox c Scott b Payne *E Barnard b Payne D K H Mitchell not out D Pennington not out Extras (lb5 w1 nb2) (for 8, 20 overs) 1-43, 2-89, 3-91, 4-116, 5-134, 6-139, 7-151, 8-174. P R Brown. D A Payne 4-0-32-3, M D Taylor 3-0-470, G L van Buuren 4-0-26-1, R F Higgins 4-0-361, T M J Smith 4-0-17-2, G F B Scott 1-0-12-0. M Syed and R Warren. Gloucs (2pts) beat Worcs by 22 runs 23 12 26 25 4 10 7 0 8 Sunrisers South East Stars (4pts) beat Sunrisers (0pts) by 77 runs. Bristol: Southern Vipers Northants Warwickshi­re Gloucester­shire Glamorgan Somerset Worcesters­hire Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy - North Group.Chester-le-Street: Northern Diamonds Lightning 3 2 3 3 2 3 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 3 3 3 1 1 1.35 0.49 0.18 0.14 -0.45 -1.77 M A H Hammond c Wessels b Pennington C D J Dent c Barnard b D’Oliveira I A Cockbain b Pennington R F Higgins not out *J M R Taylor not out Extras (lb1 w1 nb2) (for 3, 20 overs) 1-82, 2-138, 3-139. †J R Bracey, G F B Scott, G L van Buuren, T M J Smith, D A Payne, M D Taylor. J D Libby 1-0-4-0, D K H Mitchell 4-033-0, D Pennington 3-0-27-2, P R Brown 4-0-570, E Barnard 4-0-39-0, B L D’Oliveira 4-0-36-1. 48 60 28 30 27 4 4 M H Mckiernan c Vilas b Croft *B A Godleman b Croft L M Reece c Davies b Lamb W L Madsen c Jones b Hartley J L du Plooy c Jones b Parkinson M J J Critchley run out A L Hughes c Hurt b Bailey Anuj Dal not out †H R Hosein not out Extras (lb2 w3) (for 7, 20 overs) 1-4, 2-21, 3-60, 4-121, 5-128, 7 Umpires: J Middlebroo­k and P Hartley. Lancs (2pts) beat Derby by 4 runs 39 261-7 (50 overs; C Dean 60no, G Adams 55, D Wyatt 53); 239 (47.5 overs; H Knight 67, S Luff 60; T Norris 4-45, G Adams 3-23). Western 44 Storm P W Nottingham­shire Lancashire Leicesters­hire Yorkshire Derbyshire Durham L T NR Pts RR 29 Southern Vipers (4pts) beat Western Storm (0pts) by 22 runs. 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 5 1.35 5 0.77 4 1.50 3 2.24 1 -2.57 0 -1.62 32 Total Fall of wickets: Did Not Bat: 197 10 226-9 Total Fall of wickets: 175 Today (50 overs; N Sciver 104; K Bryce 5-29); 217-7 (50 overs; K Bryce 71no, S Bryce 57, T Beaumont 51). 3 3RD TWENTY20 INT'NAL.-Emirates Old Trafford: T20 BLAST.-Central Group: Northampto­n: 1 Northern Diamonds (4pts) beat Lightning (0pts) by 9 runs. Birmingham: Thunder Central Sparks Central Sparks (4pts) beat Thunder (0pts) by four wickets. South Group.-Beckenham: South East Stars England v Pakistan (6). Bowling: 5 Did Not Bat: Bowling: 135 (46.1 overs; I Wong 136-6 (44 Northampto­nshire v Warwickshi­re (6.30). Somerset v Glamorgan (6.30). Essex v Hampshire (2). Kent v Surrey (2). Middlesex v Sussex (6.15). Total Fall of wickets: 174 3-26, G Davis 3-29); overs; M Kelly 59no). Taunton: Group: Chelmsford: Canterbury: South t20 Blast - Central Group Worcesters­hire 6-152, 7-173. Worcesters­hire v Gloucester­shire H D Rutherford c Dent b Payne M H Wessels c Hammond b van Buuren 30 30 Umpires: Lord’s: Did Not Bat: At New Road Gloucester­shire won toss E Barnes, S Conners.

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