Konta eases into the third round

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

JO­HANNA Konta de­clared sat­is­fac­tion with her per­for­mance in over­com­ing Alek­san­dra Krunic i n the sec­ond round of t he Na­ture Val­ley In­ter­na­tional.

In her home town of East­bourne, she was rarely un­der threat dur­ing the process of se­cur­ing a 6-1 6-3 vic­tory that means she later to­day meets world No 2 Caro­line Woz­ni­acki.

De­feat by Krunic at last year’s US Open is widely thought of as the start of Konta’s sur­pris­ing de­cline in for­tunes.

How­ever, the win gave her cause for f uture op­ti­mism hav­ing also been in­flu­enced by her decision to play with greater ag­gres­sion.

Konta reached the semi-fi­nals in East­bourne 12 months ago be­fore her with­drawal with a back in­jury.

Krunic also strug­gled af­ter hurt­ing her thigh while slip­ping into the net dur­ing the first set, and the Bri­ton said: “I was just happy I played quite a con­sis­tent match.

“How I wanted to play my points and con­struct them was quite clear. I kept stick­ing to that even when it didn’t go my way.

“It was quite tricky out there, it was pretty gusty, and she can play well on this sur­face. I’m happy I was able to keep my level.

“I’m def­i­nitely look­ing to move for­ward a bit more. This sur­face can ac­cen­tu­ate it a bit. I’m look­ing to take ad­van­tage of that side of my game.

“It’s some­thing I can do well and, the more I do it, the bet­ter I will end up do­ing it.

“I wasn’t play­ing her with the mem­o­ries of the US Open, I was play­ing her with the in­ten­tion of what I wanted to do and ap­proached it ac­cord­ing to the level of play I wanted.”

St Joseph’s PS beat St Fran­cis to claim the Rock Cup.

An­gus Tro­phy Cen­tre Small Schools Cup win­ners were St Ninian’s RC PS, who beat St Pius in the fi­nal.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.