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Konta and Edmund get off to good starts

Konta and Edmund get off to good starts

Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund got their respective 2017 campaigns off to positive starts with first round victories respectively at the Shenzen Open and the Brisbane International.

I'm really enjoying my time in Shenzhen

Konta, seeded third in China, produced a confident performance to defeat Cagla Buyukakcay 6-2 6-0 building on a break in the first game to go on and dominate the Turkish player.
The British No1, however, was unable to repeat that dominant performance when she took on Vania King in the second round recovering from a slow start to defeat the American after 96-minutes, 1-6 6-3 6-2.
Meanwhile Edmund required two tiebreak sets to get past qualifier Ernesto Escobedo to make the second round in Australia.

The British No 2, world ranked 45, had his powerful serve broken in the opening game by the 141st world ranked American but broke back for 2-2 and then snatch the set 7-4 in the deciding tiebreak.
No breaks in the second and Escobedo looked set to level when he stormed into a 5-2 lead in the subsequent tiebreak but the British No2 struck back saving a set point and then strung together three consecutive points to snatch the set, this time 8-6.
Edmund now faces Lucas Pouille of France in the next round.

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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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