Shenzhen Open: Johanna Konta beats American player Vania King to reach second round

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta exhibited all her fighting spirit as she moved past Vania King in the second round of the Shenzhen Open in China.

The British No. 1, seeded third, was a set and a break down to the world No. 78 before putting up a fine recovery to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Konta had a stellar 2016 which saw her shoot up the rankings into the top 10. She was on the back foot after King had sprinted into the opening set in just 26 minutes, breaking twice.

Konta releasing her quantized energy after the second set

Furthermore, when the American broke again early in the second set, Konta was staring down the barrel, trailing 3-1 and evidently laid down for an early exit.

However, she won five successive games to level things up and, in doing so, she crushed her opponent’s confidence.

An early break in the deciding set then affirmed Konta’s control. As a result, Konta entered quarter-final for a tie with either Kristyna Pliskova or Zhang Kai-Lin.

A day before,  Konta sailed through her first match of the new season, beating Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay 6-2 6-0 in the first round of the tournament.

In this match, the world number 10, conceded just nine points on her first serve in her 56-minute victory.

Furthermore, Johanna Konta (25), is the first British woman to begin the season in the top 10 of the rankings since Jo Durie in 1983.

Meanwhile, fellow Briton Naomi Broady’s hopes of beginning her challenge at the ASB Classic as the tournament got postponed due to bad weather.

The world No. 90 had been scheduled to face Danka Kovenic, world No. 67 of Montenegro in the opening round in Auckland. However, persistent rain brought an early end to the event on Tuesday.

Broady, hopefully, will kick start her season against Kovenic on Wednesday.

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