Konta coasts into third round at Eastbourne with straight-sets win

Johanna Konta coasts into third round at Eastbourne with straight-sets win victory over Maria Sakkari

  • Johanna Konata beat Maria Sakkari, the world No 32, 6-4, 7-6 at Eastbourne
  • Victory takes the British player into the third round of her home tournament
  • French Open semi-finalist is competing at her final pre-Wimbledon event

Johanna Konta cruised into the third round of her home tournament in Eastbourne with a straight-sets victory over Maria Sakkari, the world No 32 from Greece.

British No 1 Konta triumphed 6-4, 7-6 in one hour and 37 minutes at the Nature Valley International.

The French Open semi-finalist is competing at her final tournament before Wimbledon and will face world No 62 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia next.

Johanna Konta has cruised into the third round of her home tournament in Eastbourne

British No 1 Konta triumphed 6-4, 7-6 against Maria Sakkari of Greece on Tuesday

Konta, ranked 19, went a break up early in her match with Sakkari and eased to the first set 6-4.

In the second, she stumbled. Sakkari broke the Brit to take a 5-3 lead but when serving for the set, the Greek fluffed her lines. Konta broke back and it went to a tiebreak.

From there, Konta got to 6-4 then made no mistake with a confident cross-court forehand. Sakkari challenged but it was on the line and the Brit was through to the third round.

In the second set Sakkari served for the set but the Greek fluffed her lines at Eastbourne

 

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