Aggressive Konta makes light work of Brengle

Aggressive Konta makes light work of Brengle

An incredible 12 of the 15 American players on court on day one were dumped out of the event - including women's title fancies Venus Williams, Sloane Stephens and CoCo Vandeweghe plus Jack Sock and John Isner on the men's side.

'I'm very happy with that match, she gets a lot of balls back and makes her opponent work for it, ' said Konta.

She now has what looks like another very winnable match in the second round, against another USA player, 23 year-old world No 123 Bernarda Pera, who only got into the draw as a lucky loser.

Brengle can be an awkward opponent with a variety of spins and slices, but her serve is vulnerable and Konta duly tucked in, breaking five times in all.


"I look forward to the heat, I love it", she added. Konta claimed the first break of the match for 2-1 with a backhand victor down the line, and then started clicking on her serve, hitting four aces in her next two service games. Konta also had 17 winners in the set, to Brengle's three.

A third match point for Konta came and went, and, suddenly, a backhand error long gave Brengle a break point and a chance to extend the match.

A fascinating statistic landed among many others before the tournament, claiming that Konta's second serve was 10% faster, on average, than that of anyone in the top 10 at this tournament.

Her own serve was in sound working order, achieving a 71 % success rate on landing in her first delivery. And, after the overhead jitters of the first set, Konta began to smash with more certainty. Brengle, who made the fourth round in Melbourne in 2015 for her career-best Grand Slam result, erased both match points to bring the game to deuce. Britain's best player here in the absence of the injured Murray, found Brengle a reluctant foil, however, and had to fight through three deuce points and save break point before closing out the match at the fourth attempt when her opponent's resistance died on the back of a tired backhand that drifted wide.

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