NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Johanna Konta of Great Britain applauds the crowd after she beats Nina Stojanovic of Serbia during the Viking Open women's semi-finals match on day eight at Nottingham Tennis Centre on June 12, 2021 in Nottingham, England.
Tennis | US Open 2021 | Johanna Konta takes on Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the US Open
There has been occasional glimpse of the force that Konta can be. Her run in Nottingham to the final was pivotal for her confidence – only for someone in her team to test positive for Covid, and then went on to contract the virus herself, struggling a lot with the symptoms.
She had a strong win over Elina Svitolina (her first) but had to withdraw with a knee injury. She looked commanding in the first set against Karolina Muchova but a rain delay and perhaps the effect of Covid took its toll. Konta subsequently pulled out of Cleveland.
Mladenovic’s best runs have been on clay this season, but she has been more consistent. She can thump a big ball and can even match Konta on serves when the Brit’s first serve is firing well.
Konta will have to get this done in two sets and will need a lot of first strike tennis.
We may receive compensation for products purchased via affiliate links on this website
Privacy & Cookies Policy
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.