Konta brushes aside Hsieh in Rome to avenge French Open defeat

by theguardian

Tennis
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Johanna Konta simultaneously laid a ghost and a marker in Rome on Wednesday, overpowering the artful but lightweight Hsieh Su-wei, who knocked her out of the French Open in the first round a year ago.

This time, there was never a moment when Britain’s best was in danger of further embarrassment against the doubles specialist with the delightful touch and buzzing tennis intelligence, brushing her aside in just over an hour on Court No3, 6-0, 6-4. The first set flew by in 19 minutes (her third bagel in three years here), the second about twice as long, when the Taipei veteran broke twice then faded.

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