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Cincinnati | Peterson outlasts Konta

Cincinnati | Peterson outlasts Konta

Jo Konta suffered a first round loss at this year’s Cincinnati Open, going down in three set to qualifier Rebecca Peterson, in what was the Swede’s second victory over a top 20 player this season.

It was a battle the whole match pretty much. I'm really happy with the way I was fighting for every point, and I had to. She was playing really tough, and I'm just really happy that I went through. Rebecca Peterson

In what was a battle between two players ranked No.1 in their respective contries, Peterson outlasted Konta, the 14th seed, 6-3 3-6 7-5 over two-hours and 33-minutes with Konta making 45 unforced errors.

“I’m pleased with the result. I’m happy with the way I’m playing, but I want to go further, and I want to do better,” Peterson said following her victory.

“It was a battle the whole match pretty much. I’m really happy with the way I was fighting for every point, and I had to. She was playing really tough, and I’m just really happy that I went through.

“I know that I have the game inside of me and that I can beat the top players,” Peterson continued. “I’m just, one day at a time, trying to get better all the time, and just keep on improving, and hopefully, the results will come.”

The Swede will face a fellow qualifier in the second round, Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova, who defeated American wild card Bernarda Pera, 6-2 6-3.

“I’ve played her before, two times,” commented Peterson. “It’s going to be another tough match and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” The winner will go 2-1 up in their respective head-to-head.

In other action the 2011 winner Maria Sharapova, who last played in Cincinnati five years ago, came back from a pair of first-round defeats at Wimbledon and Toronto, to beat Alison Riske 6-3 7-6(4) while Venus Williams defeated fellow American Lauren Davis 7-5 6-2 to snap a four-match losing streak.

Also through are Aryna Sabalenka, Svetlana Kuznetsova, as well as the Polish teenager Iga Swiatek who ousted Caroline Garcia 7-6(1) 6-1 but Caroline Wozniacki lost to Dayana Yastremska of the Ukraine, 6-4 6-4.

About The Author

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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