This time Konta cruises

BritainŠ—Ès No1 and Miami Open tenth seed, Jo Konta produced a performance more in keeping with her position following her struggle in the previous round as she beat the 57th ranked Pauline Parmentier of France, 6-4 6-0.

Today was a cleaner match, so in that sense, it was also a good performance

This time Konta kept her focus and she took control when she converted her third break point to take a 4-3 lead in the first set and then held on losing just five points in the second.

Pleased with her performance, Konta said later: "My first round was very good because I could get through a difficult situation. Today was a cleaner match, so in that sense, it was also a good performance."

Meanwhile world number one Angelique Kerber came back from a break down in both sets to beat American Shelby Rogers 6-4 7-5 and was joined by American Venus Williams and Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova who also had comfortable wins.

Kerber now faces the Japanese qualifier Risa Ozaki who beat German Julia Georges 7-6(5) 6-3.

"If you win the match, you’re always happy about your performance. In the second set, she was 4-2 up and we’d played a long game. That was important because she was playing well, but I was staying positive and believing in my chances. I think that was the key to the match," Kerber said.

Williams swept past Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig, 6-3 6-0 but will finde her next opponenst a tougher proposition, namely Russia’s Kuznetsova, the Indian Wells runner-up..

"We’ve had a lot of great matches. I played her in the very beginning of her career and now we both have had great careers that are continuing to be amazing," Williams said.

"I know her game. I don’t think there will be any surprises. She knows mine. I just want to continue to control the court. That’s what I’ll try to do."

Kuznetsova, beaten finalist in Indian Wells last week, was broken early by confident American Taylor Townsend but came through 6-4 6-2.

Also through to round four are Simona Halep, KontaŠ—Ès next opponent the unseeded Laura Arruaberrana of Spain, Sam Stosur and qualifier R Osaki of Japan.






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