No.7 seed Johanna Konta eased into the third round of the Western & Southern Open with a straight sets victory over Kiki Bertens.
WTA Staff
August 15, 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Taking on looming Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens for the first time in five years, No.7 seed Johanna Konta scored a 6-3, 6-3 victory to move into the third round of the Western & Southern Open.

The pair split two meetings which took place in 2012, but Konta hardly put a foot wrong in the one hour, 17-minute victory on Tuesday to set up a third round clash with the winner of the match between No.11 seed Dominika Cibulkova and Alizé Cornet.

Konta never trailed in an opening set which saw the decisive break come in the fourth game, as the Brit was handed the advantage thanks to a Bertens double fault, and held to love to lead 4-1. 

Bertens had a pair of break points to get back on serve in the seventh game of the opening set, but Konta got herself through the danger and later served out the set at her first opportunity in the ninth game.

Despite serving at just 47% for the match, Konta was perfect on her first serves (14/14) in the set, and was given her share of opportunities as Bertens served at just 38% over her first four service games.  

The second set seemed as though it would go the way of the first, as Konta found herself up an early break with a 2-1 lead.

However, Bertens hit back to level the set with her first break of serve in the sixth game, as she saved a pair of break points and finally converted on her first opportunity of the set, and third of the match.

However, Konta quickly found her feet and quelled the Bertens comeback effort, as she created a 0-40 lead in the Dutchwoman's ensuing service game.

After converting on her third break point opportunity to serve for the match, Konta delivered one of her most emphatic holds of the day to seal the match at love and move through to the third round in Cincinnati for the second time.

After edging the opening set with just five winners to 13 unforced errors, the No.7 seed raised her level in the second set, hitting 12 winners to seven unforced to balance out her total for the match.