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Konta to Face Cibulkova in Hobart First Round

Johanna Konta just missed out on a seeding and will face a tough first round match against the world number 38.

Johanna Konta just missed out on a seeding and will face a tough first round match against the world number 38.

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson found out their first round opponent at the WTA International event in Hobart next week, with Konta just missing out on a seeding and being punished with a draw against third seeded Slovakina Dominika Cibulkova.

Konta and Cibulkova have never met, and the Slovakian, despite her high seeding, is only ranked 10 spots ahead of Konta in the current WTA rankings. Konta will be disappointed in her draw, but so too will Cibulkova be, as Konta is one of the highest ranked players in the draw not to be seeded. If Konta can get through this early first round test, one would expect her to get past either Montenegrin Danka Kovinic or Aussie wildcard Kimberly Birrell.

Watson, however, defending her title, has been handed a kinder draw but is still outranked by her Brazilian opponent, world number 46 Teliana Pereira. Watson, who beat two top 40 opponents in the Hopman Cup this week, will be hoping to continue her early season form into these more important tournaments. The Brit leads their head-to-head 1-0 after a final qualifying round victory at Indian Wells back in 2014. If she passes the first round test she’ll more than likely play 4th seed Monica Niculescu for a place in the quarter-finals.

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