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Dubai | Kasatkina KOs Konta

Dubai | Kasatkina KOs Konta

Jo Konta was bumped out of the Dubai Championships by the 20-year-old Daria Kasatkina, a player she said would prove tough to beat when she won through to the second round earlier this week.

At one point I was laughing, I did think we were playing two separate matches because she looked fresh as a daisy. That was not a great feeling Jo Konta

Konta, ranked 12 in the world and seeded 7, lost 6-4 6-7(6) 2-6 saving seven break points in the opening set before taking the lead after 59-minutes

The second set took longer with the Russian levelling the match by taking the tiebreak with the clock reaching the 76-minute mark. Overall the match lasted two hours and 59-minutes, the longest recorded in Dubai since 2008, finishing just after midnight on Wednesday, and the fifth longest in the history of the event.

Konta squandered two match points in the second set tiebreak and made 63 unforced errors which basically cost her the match.

Kasatkina will face fellow Russian Elena Vesnina in the quarter-finals who saw off Latvian fourth seed Jelena Ostapenko, the French Open champion 6-1 7-6(6) who is struggling to find her form.

And Ukrainian top seed Elina Svitolina, the defending champion, will take on Japanese wild card Naomi Osaka in a bid to secure her place in the semi-finals.

“It was such a tough match. We spent like three hours on the court, but felt like one hour on a court because I was so much in the match,” Kasatkina, ranked 24, commented later. “But now I feel a bit weird because it’s done. It was such a big battle, such a big fight. So I’m just happy that I survived.”

Adding: “I didn’t control my emotions, so… Really, I was just playing with my instincts, and that’s it, because my head was not working anymore.”
Konta conceded that she ran out of steam towards the end of the match.
“At one point I was laughing, I did think we were playing two separate matches because she looked fresh as a daisy. That was not a great feeling,” said the 26-year-old British No.1.


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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