Melbourne, Australia – British No 1 Johanna Konta, progressed into the third round of the 2017 Australian with a comfortable victory over the Japanese teenager, Naomi Osaka in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. It took Konta only 69 minutes after she raced through the second set.
After a good tense struggle in the first set, Konta eventually broke the young Japanese player in the crucial 8th game for the first break of service in the match to go on and take the set.
It seems that after pocketing the first set, the British player became more relaxed and played her traditional power game and began to move the youngster around the court, which resulted inn a quicker second set.
In the other match, world No 5, Karolina Pliskova, easily dominated and dispatched Russian teenager Anna Blinkova 6-0, 6-2 in only 58 minutes. The Russian teenager was clearly overwhelmed by the occasion and the inform Pliskova showed no mercy. With a season open title in Brisbane already on her resume for 2017, Pliskova looks poised for a deep run at the season’s first major and could be ready for her breakthrough first Grand Slam title.
Russian Ekaterina Makarova got a walkover victory over Italian Sarah Errani, 6-4, 3-2 after the Italian suffered from some kind of injury. However, Makarova was looking rather comfortable against the Italian before the stoppage of play.
Latvian teenager, Jeļena Ostapenko, also moved into the 3rd round with a straight sets victory over Kazakh Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-1.