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Eastbourne | Konta to face Wozniacki

Eastbourne | Konta to face Wozniacki

Jo Konta progressed comfortably into the last 16 of the Nature Valley International at Eastbourne, crushing Serbia’s Aleksandra Krunic 6-1 6-3 on Devonshire Park’s centre court to set up a clash against top seed Caroline Wozniacki.

World No.22 Konta, a semi-finalist in each of the past two years at her home town tournament, simply overpowered her conqueror in the opening round of last year’s US Open.

I believe in my ability and I know I can play well on this surface at home Jo Konta

She reeled off five games in a row in the first set and 11 points in succession at one stage in the second set against world No.39 Krunic, who required treatment to her left knee at the end of the first set.

“I think I’m making good progress. I’m happy I got through my first round and also got to play a good doubles, so it’s a good day overall today,” Konta said. “I believe in my ability and I know I can play well on this surface at home.”

And she is looking forward to her clash with the top seed. “I know she’s an incredibly tough competitor and is obviously a Grand Slam champion this year so she’s playing great tennis. It’s a great opportunity for me to play one of the best players in the world and keep trying to raise my level.”

Meanwhile Petra Kvitova, seeded three, backed up her bid to make it two titles in as many weeks scored by scoring a 7-5 6-3 win over Kateryna Bondarenko. There she will lock horns with 2008 Eastbourne champion Agnieszka Radwanska, who produced some breath-taking tennis to fight her way out of trouble and into the third round 5-7 7-6(4) 6-0 over No.15 seed Daria Gavrilova.

The Czech said she was happy to get through her opening match. “I felt the courts are a little bit different compared to Birmingham,” said Kvitova. “It took me a while to get used to the centre court today, but I think it was fine in the end.”

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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