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Johanna Konta on course for glory after battling win

Johanna Konta won a see-saw contest against Anett Kontaveit in the first round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel. The British number one, the fourth seed in the Acapulco event, came through 6-3 3-6 6-4 in an hour and 44 minutes in the first meeting of the two players.

Konta, who became the first British woman to make the last four in singles at a slam since Jo Durie in 1983 when she reached the Australian Open semi-finals, was quick out of the blocks.

The world number 26 led 5-1 and although she was broken when serving for the first set, she took her chance with the next serve.

The second set was a topsy-turvy affair - Konta broke her Estonian opponent in the first game but was broken back and then broken in the fourth game on the way to losing it 6-3.

Both players broke twice in the final set before Konta broke Kontaveit in the 10th game to seal the success - aided by the 20-year-old's sixth double fault.

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