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Konta brushes Bogdan aside to reach Wimbledon second round

British number one Johanna Konta battled into the second round of Wimbledon with a 7-5 6-2 victory over Romanian qualifier Ana Bogdan. Credit: PA

British number one Johanna Konta battled into the second round of Wimbledon with a 7-5 6-2 victory over Romanian qualifier Ana Bogdan.

The 19th seed is the best hope for home success in the singles after reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.

She has not yet shown the same form on grass, losing relatively early in Birmingham and Eastbourne, and did not have things all her own way against 132nd-ranked Bogdan on Court One.

It was attack against defence, with Konta hitting substantially more winners - 27 to nine in the match - but also more errors.

However, she took her chance when it came in the 12th game to win the opening set and then broke serve twice more in the second.

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Evans and Konta storm into Miami Open second round

Dan Evans and Johanna Konta stormed into the second round of the Miami Open Credit: PA

Dan Evans and Johanna Konta stormed into the second round of the Miami Open after making light work of their opponents as the main draw got under way.

Evans, 28, ensured he did not waste a second chance at the Hard Rock Stadium, having landed a lucky loser reprieve on Wednesday.

The British number three broke Tunisian Malek Jaziri six times, dismissing him 6-2 6-0 in one hour 15 minutes to set up a clash with number 20 seed Denis Shapovalov.

In search of her second Miami Open title, Konta saw off a spirited challenge by American Jessica Pegula, beating the qualifier 6-1 6-4 in just 69 minutes.

Konta, 27, who reached the third round at Indian Wells earlier this month, will now play number 18 seed Wang Qiang.

Earlier Cameron Norrie tumbled out of the competition despite starting off well against Australia's Jordan Thompson.

The British number two went a set and a break up but eventually slipped to a 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 defeat.

Norrie, 23, broke into the top 50 for the first time earlier this month after reaching the semi-finals in Acapulco but also lost in the first round in Indian Wells.

Konta falls at quarter-final stage of Mexican Open

Number three seed Donna Vekic overcame Johanna Konta to advance to the semi-final of the Mexico Open in straight sets. Credit: PA

Number three seed Donna Vekic overcame Johanna Konta to advance to the semi-final of the Mexico Open in straight sets.

In a hard-fought battle, the Croatian prevailed 6-3 7-5 after Britain's number one collapsed late in the second set.

It was a nervy start for both players as the pair traded breaks in the opening two games, but Vekic claimed the edge at 5-3, before going on to serve out the first set.

Konta, the number eight seed, opened the second set by losing her serve but dug in to break Vekic at 2-2 and again for a 5-3 lead.

But Konta could not maintain the momentum, losing the final four games of the match as Vekic served out the match with an ace to advance to her third semi-final of the year.

Vekic will now take on Wang Yafan, who beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3 6-4, while Bianca Andreescu continued her fine form in 2019 to reach the semi-finals after a 7-6 (3) 6-1 win over Zheng Saisai.

The Canadian reached her first WTA final in Auckland and secured a Challenger in the United States in January and needed two hours and one minute to see off her world number 40 Chinese oppontent.

Also through to the last four is fifth seed Sofia Kenin, who battled past two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka 6-4 4-6 7-5.

Konta beaten in Australia by two-time grand slam champion Muguruza

British interest in the singles at the Australian Open ended with a late-night defeat for Johanna Konta against two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza. Credit: PA

British interest in the singles at the Australian Open ended with a late-night defeat for Johanna Konta against two-time grand slam champion Garbine Muguruza.

Konta hit the first serve of the contest at 12.30am, making it the latest start to a match at Melbourne Park and almost certainly in grand slam history. By the time Muguruza struck the winning shot to claim a 6-4 6-7 (3) 7-5 victory, it was 3.12am.

"I can't believe there are still people watching at 3.15," said Muguruza. "Who cares?"

"I'll go for breakfast now," she added.

This was still nowhere near the latest finish ever, which came in 2008 when Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis played a five-set match that finished at 4.33am.

Although Konta did not come out on top of this one, this was a performance from the British number one that harked back to her form of two years ago, when she appeared a legitimate grand slam challenger, and should give her plenty of confidence for the season ahead.

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