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Johanna Konta on a roll ahead of Olympics bid

By Robert Jones

Johanna Konta overcame a first-set wobble to cruise into the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal with a 7-5 6-1 win against American Vania King.

British No.1 Konta, who clinched her maiden WTA Tour title with victory over Venus Williams at the Bank of West Classic in Stanford last Sunday, will now play another American, Varvara Lepchenko.

Lepchenko, born in Uzbekistan, beat Britain's Naomi Broady in the second round.

Konta let slip a 4-2 lead in the opening set and squandered set point at 5-3 up before being pegged back by King at 5-5.

The 25-year-old, up to 14 in the world rankings, then crucially held serve to lead 6-5 and converted her third break point in the 12th game to take the opening set 7-5 in just under an hour.

Konta, in the form of her life heading into the Rio Olympics, served out the second set 6-1.

Meanwhile, Rafa Nadal is on course to play in Rio after an encouraging fitness update. He is due to be Spain's flag-bearer but is battling a wrist problem - he missed out on the honour due to injury in London four years ago.

Coach and uncle Toni said: "We began to intensify his training to be ready for the first round. Training with Andy Murray was the first time with another top player and we are happy. Things worked out well."

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