AEGON International: Impressive Konta advances in straight sets

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta

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Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta breezed into the second round of the AEGON International with a comfortable straight sets victory against Zarina Diyas.

Konta received a wildcard into her home town tournament and made the most of her opportunity as she won 6-3, 6-2 in one-hour and 14 minutes.

She will now face Russian No.4 seed Ekaterina Makarova in round two.

Konta looked impressive throughout against her opponent ranked 105 places above her.

Her serve was solid and unforced errors were kept to a minimum as she moved to a 3-2 lead after breaking Diyas’ serve.

The British No.2 then saved two break points in the next game before going on to close out the first set 6-3.

Diyas of Kazakhstan rarely looked comfortable on centre court as Konta dominated the points.

Diyas reached the fouth round of Wimbledon in 2014 but never looked like causing Konta too many problems on a Sunday evening in front of a sparse crowd.

After the match Konta said, “I’m happy, every first round is tough there is no easy match but I was happy I could go out there and give my best and I was fortunate enough to come out on top.

“It was difficult with the conditions and managing the wind. She is very tough on grass, she is a very good player and I had to handle what ever was thrown at me and I felt I did that quite well today and I feel lucky and happy that I was able to come through that.

“To be honest I have not played that much here, it is only my fourth time playing here and my first time on centre.

“I’m just glad I got through and now I look forward to the next round.

“Makarova will be extremely tough, every tournament is at a very high level and all I can control is how I approach things my end and I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“To win in home town tournament makes me very happy it means, I get to sleep one more time in my own bed and eat my mum’s cooking so that’s always a bonus. I’m just looking forward to the next round and to enjoy my time here.”