Johanna Konta advances to the third round of the Australian Open 2017 after a dominant victory against rising Japanese star Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
Konta looked sluggish when she faced Kirsten Flipkens on Tuesday. Fortunately, she managed to immediately return to perfect shape battling against a powerful but inexperienced opponent. Naomi Osaka, who ranked 48th, established an impressive performance in the 8th game and had the opportunity to win.
However, after missing a forehand, the 19-year-old Japanese slowly lost her focus, resulting for Johanna Konta to take advantage. Konta struggled to break Osaka’s serves in the opening set. Still, she managed to regain her rhythm and win the game with the help of strong serving, including nine aces.
JOHANNA KONTA DETERMINED TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIP
The 25-year-old British controlled the game with efficiency. She only made 13 unforced errors, one double fault and won 32 of 36 first serves. Osaka tried to bounce back but was unable to stop the dominance of Konta.
“I guess it’s surprising that the work and the travel is exactly the same as it always was,” Konta said courtside when asked how her life had changed from being a hunter to the hunted. “I’m looking forward to staying here as long as possible. Naomi is one of the up and coming players, with really impressive results over the past year or so. I knew it was a given that I had to be there for every single point.”
Johanna Konta remains focused in bringing home the trophy this year. In the Australian Open 2016, she entered the semifinals facing Angelique Kerber. Konta lost in straight sets and Kerber managed to win the championship.
After winning the second round, Konta advances to the third round to face Denmark’s 17th seed Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday. Wozniacki, the former No. 1 in the world, reached the next stage after an easy win against Donna Vekic on Thursday.
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