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Cincinnati | Konta falls in lengthy battle

Cincinnati | Konta falls in lengthy battle

British No 1 Jo Konta was beaten after a two hour and 27-minute battle, 4-6 6-3 6-4 by Belarussia’s Aryna Sabalenka, the world No34, in their opening round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Konta made a strong start by taking the first break of the game at 3-3, but Sabalenka, a rising 20-year-old starlet, immediately broke back.

From there, the pair thrashed it out in a difficult game which saw Konta reach five break points, ultimately breaking her opponent with a powerful forehand to lead 5-4 and hold on to take the set.

After taking a 3-1 lead in the second, Konta’s games started to flag as she delivered five double faults to lose two service games.

The world number 34 took full advantage to take the set 6-3 to level the match and, with Konta’s serve still stuttering in the third set, she was broken to give Sabalenka the break she needed though she struggled to secure the second round place but eventually did on her fourth match point.


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Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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