Konta Out But Big Names Progress

Konta Out But Big Names Progress

British number one Johanna Konta crashed out of the Miami Open in round two but Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams progressed. Konta opened up a 4-2 first-set lead but then suffered a meltdown as China’s Wang Qiang won 10 consecutive games to take the match.

It was another disappointing display from a player ranked fourth in the world in the summer of 2017 but now down at 38. Wang’s reward will be a third-round showdown with Serena Williams, who was pushed by Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson before emerging a 6-3 1-6 6-1 winner.

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Osaka also required three sets to move past Yanina Wickmayer, securing a 6-0 6-7 (3-7) 6-1 triumph in Florida. The world number one, winner of the past two grand slams, admitted she had to sort out the mental side of her game after suffer a mid-match dip.

“In the second set I got really emotional, so in the third I just tried to shut off my feelings,” she said. “I started thinking about winning and not the things I could do in order to win. I had a dip and she started playing really well. “I had to breathe and regroup. I find myself doing it often when I am in emotional situations.”

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