Konta and Edmund get off to good starts
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Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund got their respective 2017 campaigns off to positive starts with first round victories respectively at the Shenzen Open and the Brisbane International.
I’m really enjoying my time in Shenzhen
Konta, seeded third in China, produced a confident performance to defeat Cagla Buyukakcay 6-2 6-0 building on a break in the first game to go on and dominate the Turkish player.
The British No1, however, was unable to repeat that dominant performance when she took on Vania King in the second round recovering from a slow start to defeat the American after 96-minutes, 1-6 6-3 6-2.
Meanwhile Edmund required two tiebreak sets to get past qualifier Ernesto Escobedo to make the second round in Australia.
The British No 2, world ranked 45, had his powerful serve broken in the opening game by the 141st world ranked American but broke back for 2-2 and then snatch the set 7-4 in the deciding tiebreak.
No breaks in the second and Escobedo looked set to level when he stormed into a 5-2 lead in the subsequent tiebreak but the British No2 struck back saving a set point and then strung together three consecutive points to snatch the set, this time 8-6.
Edmund now faces Lucas Pouille of France in the next round.