Preview: Johanna Konta  v Irina-Camelia Begu | H2H: Konta leads 1-0
There looked to be no rusty after-effects on Johanna Konta’s game as she faced a tricky nemesis in Bernarda Pera, but in truth faced little resistance as she eased through in straight sets.
It has not been quite the case for Irina-Camelia Begu as she has twice had to come from a set down to get the win this week but will take confidence from being able to hang in there. It will be their first encounter on hard courts, with Konta’s sole win coming on clay last year, in Rome.
Tale of the Tape – Key Stats (2020)
Johanna Konta  (14)
Irina-Camelia Begu (79)
1st Serve Return Points Won %
Return Points Won %
Break Point Conversion %
Break Points Saved %
Total Points Won %
Konta looked to be moving well with no indication of the knee injury that has plagued her the past couple of seasons, and her serving stats looked comfortable. When that aspect of her game is firing well, everything else seems to fall into place, and she shut down any aspect leftie trickery she might have faced from Pera.
Begu is a decent returner though, so Konta will have to expect a lot of things to come back to her, and the Romanian will look to use her effective backhand to dominate her position and both will prefer to stay and dictate proceedings from the back of the court, so expect some rallies – especially given Begu’s record this week.
The Romanian is not really known for coming forward to finish her points, but she is effective at the net. We know that Konta has worked on mixing up her game to make it a lot harder to read, so it should not be a surprise if she comes marching forward with intent.
Konta thrives on the quick hard courts and Australia has been a great hunting ground for her. If she starts as quickly as she did before, and everything is working fine, this is very winnable for the Brit.
Prediction: Konta in two sets.
Konta and Begu are scheduled second on Court 7 (possible court change) not before 12pm (1am GMT).
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