MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 09: Johanna Konta of Great Britain plays a backhand in her Women's Singles first round match against Kaja Juvan of Slovenia during day two of the 2021 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on February 09, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
Tennis | WTA Adelaide | Johanna Konta  v Shelby Rogers | R2 Preview & Prediction
Preview: Johanna Konta  v Shelby Rogers | H2H: Konta leads 2-1
The big question is just how well as Johanna Konta recovered from an abdominal injury that she picked up after winning the first set and a couple of games into her first-round match at the Australian Open. She had felt the injury early in the first set, and by the second set, it was hampering her so badly she pulled the rip cord and could not even determine if she would be ready to compete in the forthcoming Fed Cup tie.
She was entered into the WTA Phillip Island Trophy, held in the second week of the Australian Open, but withdrew citing continued issues with the abdominal injury, but this week we have seen plenty of social media evidence of her serving and in the gym, so it looks more hopeful that she will be able to take to the court.
She will face an in-form Shelby Rogers who has played some great tennis in this Australian summer, while sadly the Brit has barely gotten going.
Despite Konta having played over half as few matches as Rogers, her return stats are pretty close to Rogers, and looks to be far more effective when it comes to attacking return games and taking her chances to break.
Both players have good serves to kick things off, and in the case of Konta, when her serving is on point, the rest of her game will fall in line behind that – so it will be key to see how she is serving, what kind of speeds and rotation she can get, to really see if that abdominal injury has healed well.
Rogers is solid off both wings and likes to come forward following her serve to finish off points at the net, so this could be a real test of both Konta’s movement and her hands at the net – which are not always as finessed as other players.
Despite ranking and seeding, this is a horrible first match back coming from injury for Konta. Rogers has been playing some great tennis since the start of the season, and off the back of a fourth round run at the Australian Open.
Konta had started so well in the first set but picked up the injury in the first set and just could not continue, but has looked to be serving well and training hard. She will have a tough fight on her hands though, which might just be what she needs to get back into it, if she is fully fit.
Prediction: Konta in three sets.
Konta and Rogers are scheduled last on Memorial Drive Centre Court, not before 8pm (9:30am GMT).
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