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Konta bounces back a day after Morocco defeat


Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

By Mark Staniforth

Johanna Konta beat Alison Riske in straight sets to move into the round of 32 at the Mutua Madrid Open.

The 27-year-old, playing a day after losing the final of the Morocco Open, showed no signs of tiredness as she took the first set 6-4 before finding her stride to take the second 6-1.

World number 47 Konta will face the tournament's third seed, Simona Halep, in the next round.

Halep beat tournament qualifier Margarita Gasparyan 6-0 6-4 to set up the round of 32 match with Konta.

Top seed Naomi Osaka booked her place with a 6-2 7-6 straight-sets victory over the Czech Republic's Dominika Cibulkova.

Fourth seed Angelique Kerber and last year's winner Petra Kvitova also won in straight sets.

Kvitova beat the United States' Sofia Kenin 6-1 6-4 while Kerber won 6-3 6-2 against Lesia Tsurenko.

Unseeded Pauline Parmentier of France eliminated sixth seed Elina Svitolina, who had been struggling with a knee injury, 6-4 7-6 (8-6), while 13th seed Madison Keys lost 3-6 6-4 6-1 to Sorana Cirstea of Romania.

Former world number one and fourth seed Karolina Pliskova saved five match points to deny Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.

The 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki was trailing 3-0 when she retired with a lower back injury from her first round match against world number 54 Alize Cornet of France.

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