Brisbane | Konta secures a place in the quarter-finals
Jo Konta has reached the quarter finals of the Brisbane International and is happy with the way she started the new season following the disappointment of the last few months of last year.
There wasn't a lot in it but I am very happy to get through that. I didn't start off the way I wanted to. She played very well Jo Konta
The world No.9 followed up her three set victory over Madison Keys with another battling effort with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 success over Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic to reach the last eight.
The 26-year-old Konta admits she had problems both on the court and off it at the end of 2017, that saw her finish the season on a five-match losing streak.
Tomljanovic, who had her boyfriend Nick Kyrgios watching on the side, broke Konta’s serve four times, meaning when she held for just the second time herself, it was enough to take the first set.
But then Konta kicked in to gear, finding her range on serve while still causing damage on her opponent’s, and won the second set for the loss of just one game.
She was having a comfortable time of it in the final set until a late rally from the Croatian, but Konta eventually served it out at the second attempt to set up a last-eight meeting with Elina Svitolina, the third seed who demolished Craotia’s Ann Konjuh 6-3 6-1.
“There wasn’t a lot in it but I am very happy to get through that. I didn’t start off the way I wanted to. She played very well,” Konta, seeded five, said later.
“I am taking it one match at a time, every match is a battle and I am sure the next one will be.”
Qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich rallied for a 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win over Anett Kontaveit to set up a quarterfinal match against Alize Cornet.