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Italian Open: Johanna Konta beats Magdalena Rybarikova in first round

May 13, 2018
Johanna Konta
Britain’s Johanna Konta has won eight and lost eight of her 16 singles matches this season

Britain’s Johanna Konta beat Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round of the Italian Open to register her second win in eight days over the Slovak.

Konta, ranked 22nd in the world, beat the 16th seed 6-4 6-3 in one hour and 48 minutes in Rome.

She previously beat Rybarikova in the first round of the Madrid Open, before being knocked out by Bernarda Pera.

Italian Open: Johanna Konta beats Magdalena Rybarikova in first roundItalian Open: Johanna Konta beats Magdalena Rybarikova in first round

The 26-year-old will play either Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei or Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus next.

British number one Konta had been set to play Petra Kvitova, but the Czech withdrew following her victory in the Madrid Open on Saturday.

Despite several opportunities for Konta, it was Rybarikova who broke first in the seventh game of the first set.

Konta cancelled out the deficit straight away and went on to close out the set, hitting 19 winners to Rybarikova’s nine.

In the second set, both players struggled to hold serve at first and Rybarikova won three straight games to break Konta and take a 3-2 lead.

The Briton forced her way back into the set, a punchy forehand ending Rybarikova’s advantage, before saving three break points in a lengthy game to take the lead.

Despite 40 unforced errors to Rybarikova’s 24, Konta was able to hold on and secure victory.

Radio 5 live sports extra will have commentary of Kyle Edmund’s first-round match against Malek Jaziri from 18:00 BST on Monday

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