Tuesday, 20/2/2018 | 5:33 UTC+0

Konta Dominates to Reach Second Week in Australia

Konta was almost flawless against Allertova, with 15 winners, 5 aces and 73% of first serve points won.

Konta was almost flawless against Allertova, with 15 winners, 5 aces and 73% of first serve points won.

British Number One Johanna Konta became the first woman to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open since 1987 after a dominant display of tennis against Czech Denise Allertova, not facing a break point and winning 6-2 6-2 to set up a fourth round clash against 21st seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.

The Brit served 5 aces and zero double faults, as well as 15 winners, en route to a very comfortable victory in which her serve was never under pressure. In each game that she won the first point, she went on to win the game.

By way of contrast, Konta put Allertova’s serve under pressure 6 times and the Brit took 4 of the 12 break point chances she created in what was a very one-sided contest by all accounts.

Konta’s draw is now wide open: with second seed Simona Halep and third seed Garbine Muguruza out of the competition, Konta could potentially be looking at a semi-final berth if she continues to play this well. Her next opponent is Makarova, who defeated the dangerous ninth seed Karolina Pliskova earlier today. Konta beat Makarova at Eastbourne last year in straight sets when Konta was a #139 ranked wildcard and Makarova was 8th in the world. The odds look even better now.

Next up is likely to be the winner of the Ana Ivanovic versus Madison Keys clash, and with Ivanovic having lost to Naomi Broady recently, Konta will definitely see an opportunity there. Keys may provide altogether stiffer opposition. A semi-final against Azarenka would probably be a step too far.

Regardless, the British Number One has already collected a host of ranking points in comparison to last year. She may even be seeded when the next Slam comes around…


25-year-old University of St Andrews graduate with a rather insane passion for British Tennis. Boston United fan (don't ask). Favourite tennis player: the Brummie bunch - Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool.


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