Johanna Konta reaches Australian Open second round with straight sets win over Kirsten Flipkens

George Bellshaw
Konta reaches Australian Open second round with straight sets win over Flipkens
Konta was in good form (Picture: Getty)

Johanna Konta has advanced to the second round of the Australian Open after a straight sets victory over Kirsten Flipkens.
The world No. 9, who reached the semi-finals at the event in 2016, proved to have too much for her Belgian opponent and booked her place into the next round with a 7-5 6-2 success.
Flipkens, a former world No. 13, was seen as a tricky draw for the Brit but she overcame it in confident fashion.
Both players served well at the start of the match, with chances few and far between.
But Konta worked her way to 0-40 at 3-3 in the first and broke at the third time of asking to get ahead in the set.


With the Brit serving for the set at 5-4, Flipkens struck back and levelled to 5-5, however, Konta got the job done shortly after.
After missing a few chances early in the second set, the British No. 1 got the breakthrough and added a second break before taking the set 6-2.

Konta reaches Australian Open second round with straight sets win over Flipkens
Flipkens couldn’t handle Konta (Picture: AFP/Getty)

It’s been a great start to the year for the 25-year-old, who reached the semi-finals in Shenzhen as well as winning the Sydney Open and is viewed as a genuine contender in Melbourne.
Next up for Konta will be either Naomi Osaka or Luksika Kumkhum.
Johanna Konta reaches Australian Open second round with straight sets win over Kirsten Flipkens Reviewed by Bizpodia on 21:20 Rating: 5

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