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 Montreal 2021 | Konta downs Svitolina, faces Gauff for quarter-final spot
Coming into this encounter 0-5 down in the head-to-head, it seemed a daunting task for the British No. 1 Johanna Konta to get a first win over an in-form and match-fit Elina Svitolina.
Wen the Ukrainian Olympic bronze medallist took the first set, it seemed very much business as usual, before Konta broke late in the second set and served out to level the match.
She went on to reel off five games in a row in the deciding set, closing out the match on her first match point.
She told WTAtennis.com: “That was definitely not an easy match. I’ve never beaten her in my career, so for me personally, this was a massive win. She’s probably the toughest player for me on tour so I’m quite pleased with myself.”
“That, by no means, was a perfect match from me or from her, but it was just about playing what we had. I was just able to find the solutions at the right time.”
Again surprisingly the stats are quite close, given how little Konta has played, and she should have confidence coming off a pretty momentous win.
Playing Styles & Prediction
In Gauff, Konta will face someone who has very solid court smarts and athleticism. Gauff is maturing in terms of her on-court decisions, and remains the more consistent and solid over the year, so Konta will need to really tap into what drove her against Svitolina.
Prediction: Gauff in three sets.
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