DOHA, Qatar – No.10 seed Johanna Konta avenged a shock defeat from the year’s first Grand Slam at the Qatar Total Open on Tuesday, as she knocked out American qualifier Bernarda Pera in her first round match, 7-6(5), 6-1.
Pera, a lucky loser in Melbourne, shocked Konta in the second round in straight sets for the first Top 10 win of her career in January, and looked on course to repeat the feat in the opening set.
After coming from a break down in the opener, the World No.113 broke the Konta serve in the 11th game of the first set, and built a 30-0 lead on her own delivery.
Nonetheless, the Brit won four points in a row to force a tiebreak, which she edged late, and cruised in the second set to book her spot in the second round in just under 90 minutes.
Other early results on Tuesday in Doha saw No.11 seed Madison Keys also prevail in an Australian Open rematch, as she defeated Wang Qiang, 6-1, 6-4, in a nearly-identical scoreline to the 6-1, 7-5 win she scored in the first round in Melbourne.
No.13 seed Anastasija Sevastova, like Konta, posted a win after arriving from Fed Cup action in Talinn, Estonia, with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Donna Vekic. Elsewhere, Alizé Cornet defeated Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 6-1, and qualifier Marketa Vondrousova posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Yulia Putintseva.
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