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Konta claims 300th career win


Konta claims 300th career win

Johanna Konta claimed her 300th career win as she got her grass-court campaign under way with an Aegon Open first round victory against Tara Moore. The 26-year-old British number one is looking to make a statement of intent in Nottingham ahead of next month's Wimbledon tournament, especially on the back of her recent disappointing French Open first-round exit at the hands of Hsieh Su-Wei.

And Konta quickly set about showing she could be a force on grass this year with two breaks of serve to ease to the first set against fellow compatriot, Moore. The second set looked to be heading in a similar direction until Moore was forced to retire with the score at 6-2 3-0 because of a leg injury which was causing her problems throughout.

Konta, who is ranked at number eight in the world, will now play Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in the second round. Her milestone singles victory is the first bright spot in Nottingham as fellow Briton Heather Watson later crashed out 2-6 3-6 against last year's runner up, America's Alison Riske, on Tuesday.

Laura Robson also went out of the tournament 4-6 3-6 in the first round against American Julia Boserup on Monday.

And in the men's tournament Britain's number three Dan Evans was forced to withdraw because of the injury he suffered in Saturday's Surbiton Trophy clash against Germany's Dustin Brown.

Konta, who is 9/1 to win at Wimbledon, is priced at 2/7 to win her second round match in Nottingham, while Wickmayer is 5/2 to come out on top.

 

 

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