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Dubai | Konta gets off to a winning start

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.

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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