Dubai | Konta gets off to a winning start
British number one Jo Konta joined a couple of youngsters and the experienced Elena Vesnina in the second round of the Dubai WTA Pemier tier event following their respective successes on the opening day.
And now that I have started off on a winning note I hope I can continue being here for many more days Jo Konta
Playing as a wild card entry and seeded 7, the 26-year-old player from Eastbourne made a winning start against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia with a 7-6(2) 6-2 victory on her debt in Dubai in the final match of day one to become the first British woman-ever to win a main draw match at the event.
“I am just happy to give myself a chance to stay on in the tournament,” Konta told the late night crowd on centre court.
“And now that I have started off on a winning note I hope I can continue being here for many more days,” she added.
Konta will next face Daria Kasatkina, the world No.24 who ousted in her opening match, the 2012 champion Agnieszka Radwanska. They are currently scheduled to meet on Wednesday.
“It is going to be pretty tough going forward,” Konta admitted. “Daria is a tough opponent and she has been playing quite well over the past couple of years. But the idea for me is to just keep on going with my game and see where it takes me,” she added.