Determined Konta advances to third round at Indian Wells

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

Eastbourne tennis player and British number one Johanna Konta coasted into the third round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells with a confident 6-4 6-0 win over Madison Brengle.

The world number 26, who reached the quarter-finals in Monterrey, had lost all three of her previous meetings with the American.

However, Konta, the Australian Open semi-finalist, moved up a gear after the first set was levelled 4-4, winning eight consecutive games to close out victory in just over an hour on Stadium 4.

Konta forced an early break in game three, and opened up a 4-2 lead before the American rallied. However, in Brengle’s next service game, a double fault at 15-40 handed Konta an immediate chance to break back at 5-4, which she claimed at the second opportunity when coming to the net.

The Sydney-born Briton swiftly moved 40-0 ahead with some more commanding serves before sending a passing shot down the left to claim the first set 6-4 in just over 40 minutes.

Another double fault by Brengle in the opening game of set two allowed Konta to secure an early break again. The 24-year-old held comfortably and then broke the American once more to win a fifth game in a row.

Brengle continued with some wayward forehands as Konte reeled off another service game before breaking again after a long return by the American to move 5-0 ahead.

Konta did not ease up as she secured victory with another confident love service game, but was quick to pay tribute to her combative opponent.

“Every single point we have played in the past has always been a battle, she is an incredibly tough competitor, so I consider this a really good win for me today,” Konta said.