RABAT, MOROCCO – It was another fighting performance from British No. 1 Johanna Konta, and faces the tricky Hsieh Su-Wei in the quarter-final.
Johanna Konta  def. Ana Bogdan 6-1 6-7(6) 6-2
It was another gritty fight from Johanna Konta in Rabat, as she went from a position of dominance over Ana Bogdan, to fighting to the finish to book her place in the quarter-final. The start of the match saw Konta quick off the mark, breaking Bogdan twice in a row, and then breaking once more at the end, to take the first set.
It looked as though the second set would go much the same way as Konta broke again at the start of the match, and from 4-1 it look like all but a formality. However, Bogdan started to pain t the lines and showed no fear in her shots, while Konta wobbled, losing three games on the spin before stopping the rot.
They traded breaks once more, before the tie-break where neither managed to hold their serves for spells. Squandering a match-point, Konta lost the next three points on the bounce for a well-deserved levelling set.
The first few games were competitive, before Konta established herself once more, breaking twice, before closing out on her third match point.
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The battles don’t get any easier for Konta, as she is up against the No.2 seed Hsieh Su-Wei, losing to her a couple of years ago at the French Open, but got a solid win over her in Rome last year. Konta has the latest three wins over the tricky player from Taipei.
Hsieh has been in pretty good form this year, starting the year well with semi-finals in Auckland and Dubai, and reaching the Miami quarter-final, but her clay court legs are taking a while to get sorted, losing in the second round of Stuttgart.
She too has had to fight her way through three setters, and she can yet cause Konta a headache. What sets Hsieh apart is her unorthodox style, double-handed on both sides, flat deep hitting with a generous dollop of unpredictable angles. However, what she can do better than Konta is drop-shot and slice her way out of trouble.
It is admirable that Konta is trying to add more variety to her game, and determined to stick at it, but she has actually switched her game back to her default aggressive stance when the chips were down and had the results. However, Hsieh might just be a step too far.
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