HONG KONG, SAR - Britain's top player Johanna Konta christened her debut into the WTA Top 10 with a commanding win over countrywoman Naomi Broady to advance to the second round at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open.
Fresh off her historic rise in the rankings, No.3 seed Konta kept to her winning ways and defeated Broady 6-2, 6-2, in a score that belied the difficulty of the matchup.
"The scoreline doesn't really reflect the match itself," Konta explained. "You can see in the length of the match how tight it was. I'm happy I was able to stay focused, stay level-headed and take my chances when they arose."
The symmetrical match saw Konta breaking Broady's powerful serve in the first and fifth games of each set. Broady struck five aces during the hour and twenty-minute encounter - an unusually low number for the big-serving Brit - but also hit eight double faults. Konta brought up fourteen break chances during the match, which was marked by lengthy games and multiple deuces.
"We knew going into the match that Naomi is a very good server and has a good strike, we really tried to utilize that as much as possible," Konta said.
"I'm really happy with the level I've been playing and the amount of matches I've been able to play in succession. Hoping to stay healthy for the rest of the season and keep going like this."
Konta kept her composure to see off Broady's lone break chance early in the second set, and she powered through to a straight sets win.
With the victory, Konta takes a step closer to making her debut at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
"I'm trying not to think about it, to be honest," Konta laughed. "I've really got to keep myself present, especially since there's so many variables with that. It really depends on how other players do as well."