No.10 seed Johanna Konta was among several first-round winners around the grounds at the Qatar Total Open on Tuesday, defeating American qualifier Bernarda Pera.
WTA Staff
February 13, 2018

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.

"I'm very happy to have come through that," Konta said after the match. "I knew going into the match that I was going to be tough, and it was actually similar conditions as it was in Melbourne, although it's a lot windier today than it was in Melbourne. It makes it quite tricky to play against her, so I'm very happy to have fought through that and dealt with the quick turnaround coming here from Fed Cup as well.

"That was a good challenge for me, and I'm just excited that I get to play again tomorrow."

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.

"I definitely was excited to play her again. I mean I knew it was going to be a challenge, and I'm a big believer in personal growth and improvement, self-improvement, so I definitely took it as an opportunity to really do that," Konta said. 

"Even if I wasn't going to get through the match with a win, I still wanted to make sure that I did more and just did a little bit better than last time."

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. Romanian Fed Cup teammates Irina-Camelia Begu and Sorana Cirstea had mixed fortunes, with Begu falling to Samantha Stosur, 6-4, 6-2 and Cirstea defeating Maria Sakkari, 6-2, 6-3. 

Elsewhere, No.14 seed Magdalena Rybarikova saw off Omani wildcard Fatma Al Nabhani, 6-3, 6-1, and Carina Witthoeft won the all-German clash with Tatjana Maria, 6-3, 6-0.

Alizé Cornet defeated Anett Kontaveit, 6-2, 6-1, qualifier Marketa Vondrousova posted a 6-3, 6-1 win over Yulia Putintseva.