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Nottingham Open | Konta reaches career landmark

Nottingham Open | Konta reaches career landmark

Jo Konta reached a landmark in her career when she notched up her 300th win by securing a victory over compatriot Tara Moore who was forced to retire when trailing in the second set at the Aegon Open in Nottingham. Heather Watson though, suffered defeat as she continues to struggle to find some form.

 

I didn't know it was a landmark so it is a nice surprise," Jo Konta

For Konta, the British No1 and world No.8, life is looking up following her disappointment at the French Open after which she admitted she was looking forward to getting back on the grass.

She gained her victory when Moore retired with a foot injury with the score line already heavily in her favour at 6-2 3-0.

“I didn’t know it was a landmark so it is a nice surprise,” Konta, the top seed at Nottingham, said. “It is obviously not in the best of circumstances but it is more of a celebration of all the other victories.

“I can’t remember my first one at all. I have matured a lot since then and am a better player.

“I am hoping to get my team together this afternoon so we can go to the cinema. I want to watch Wonder Woman.”

She hopes to continue improving on that tally as she faces Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer for a place in the quarter-finals.

In contrast Watson is looking for ways to get out of this poor run of results which has seen her world ranking drop from 38 down to 113 leaving her dependent on a wildcard for The Championships.


A despairing Watson on her way out

A despairing Watson on her way out

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In contrast Watson is looking for ways to get out of this poor run of results which has seen her world ranking drop from 38 down to 113 leaving her dependent on a wildcard for The Championships.

The British No2 lost 6-2 6-3 to last year’s Nottingham runner-up Alison Riske and then reflected on her future and her likelihood of a wildcard.

“I haven’t heard anything yet,” she said. “I won’t even know next week. I want one, definitely, but I haven’t heard.

“It was a tough match. I knew it would be – she loves grass,” Watson added. “Alison was very solid and playing very well. But I just have to stay positive. I played well last week.

“The scoreline didn’t really reflect how the match went. I feel good with my game. I feel like I am getting back on track. I am excited for the grass. I didn’t really enjoy the clay.

“I was coming here confident and wanted to keep my momentum going.”

Meanwhile, second seed Anastasija Sevastova suffered a shock 6-0 5-7 7-6(2) defeat to American Christina McHale after more than two hours on court.

American seeds Lauren Davis and Shelby Rogers were beaten by Kurumi Nara and Donna Vekic respectively but fifth seed Lucie Safarova was a three-set winner over qualifier Grace Min. Also through are Ashleigh Barty and Magdalena Rybarikova.





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.

1 Comment

  1. Frances Perry

    Fantastic young lady ! Jo , you are like a breath of fresh air ! With all these alpha males around ! You are terrific , I love watching you play !
    Onwards and upwards ! Wimbledon here you come ! Love x

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