Brisbane | Konta and Dart suffers second round losses
Jo Konta was unable to build on her first round win over Sloane Stephens and was budled out of the Brisbane International tournament by Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, the word No.46, who took command of their second round clash from the very start.
Konta who was under constant pressure during the first set, fell behind 6-2 but recovered somewhat in the second to force a tie break where she was outplayed.
Her 6-2 7-6(2) loss in 81-minutes is a setback for the Briton who had scored a win over the Croatian born Aussie at last year’s event when she did recover from a set down.
There was more bad news when Harriet Dart, not unexpectedly, went down 6-2 6-0 in under an hour, to Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, the eighth seed. The 22-year-old Briton lost two consecutive service games in the first set to the world No 11 and won only 12 points in the final set, securing the win on her fourth match point.
The shock of the day came when Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit who upset the fourth seeded Petra Kvitova 7-5 7-6(1). The Czech was broken four times the last occasion when she was serving to stay in the match.