Go­erges tri­umphs over Konta in China

Sunday Sun - - Golf -

JO­HANNA Konta made an early exit from the China Open af­ter a first-round de­feat to Ju­lia Go­erges.

The Bri­ton fought back from a set down to line up a de­cider but the Ger­man 10th seed even­tu­ally pre­vailed 6-2 4-6 6-3 in two hours and 12 min­utes.

Alek­san­dra Krunic joined Go­erges in the sec­ond round af­ter she stunned world num­ber six Elina Svi­tolina with a re­mark­able come­back hav­ing lost 10 of the open­ing 11 games.

The Ser­bian trailed 0-6 1-4 be­fore win­ning seven games in a row en route to a 0-6 6-4 7-6 (7/4) suc­cess in just over two hours.

Fifth seed and 2014 fi­nal­ist Pe­tra Kvi­tova crashed out of the tour­na­ment af­ter a 6-2 6-1 de­feat to Aus­tralian Daria Gavrilova, while Lat­vian Je­lena Ostapenko, seeded 12th, pro­gressed fol­low­ing a 6-4 7-6 (7/3) win over Mag­dalena Ry­barikova.

In yes­ter­day’s other matches, Croa­t­ian Donna Ve­kic beat Greece’s Maria Sakkari 6-1 6-4 and Amer­i­can Danielle Collins over­came Switzer­land’s Timea Bac­sin­szky 6-2 3-6 6-3.

In Uzbek­istan, Rus­sia’s Mar­garita Gas­paryan won the Tashkent Open fol­low­ing a straight­for­ward suc­cess over 17-year-old com­pa­triot Anas­ta­sia Po­tapova.

Gas­paryan, ranked 299th in the world, com­fort­ably over­came her dou­bles part­ner 6-2 6-1 in just an hour and three min­utes.

She broke her op­po­nent twice in the open­ing three games en route to win­ning the first set, be­fore re­peat­ing the trick in the sec­ond as she eased to vic­tory.

Else­where, Aryna Sa­balenka was crowned cham­pion at the Wuhan Open in China fol­low­ing a straight-sets win over Anett Kon­taveit.

Be­laru­sian Sa­balenka over­came her Es­to­nian op­po­nent 6-3 6-3.

The world num­ber 20 se­cured a de­ci­sive break of serve in the fourth game of the open­ing set, be­fore win­ning three suc­ces­sive games at the end of the sec­ond set to clinch the ti­tle.

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