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Victory was no walk in the park, insists Konta

 

By Robert Jones

Johanna Konta insisted her victory over Gabriela Dabrowski was tougher than it looked despite cruising into the last-16 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

The British No.1 breezed past Canada's Dabrowski 6-2 6-0 yesterday, winning 10 straight games.

She won in just 65 minutes and did not face a break point but the 27-year-old said she did not have it all her own way.

"It was a tough match, the scoreline didn't show the quality of it," Konta said. "She definitely played really well in parts and I had to really raise my level to come through that.

"I had to be tough out there. She was playing some great tennis. I had to focus on every single point and accept she was going to play some good tennis.

"I thought it was an entertaining match, and I'm looking forward to playing another one."

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka held her ground to advance past local wildcard Kurumi Nara 6-4 7-5.

"It was a little bit tougher than it should have been because I feel like I had so many opportunities to close the match earlier," she said. "But she's a great fighter, who fought hard, and put a lot of balls back. A win is a win, so I'm happy for that."

Donna Vekic sprung an upset as she defeated No.5 seed Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-4 .

Vekic had already beaten the American at Wimbledon earlier this year but became just the second player on the WTA Tour to defeat her twice, joining World No.1 Simona Halep in a most exclusive club thanks to a formidable display in Japan.

The opening set was characterised by quick momentum shifts, yet Vekic looked in command and took her opportunity at the crucial moment. The second was equally as unpredictable, with both fighting to hold serve, yet it was the 22-year-old who came through.

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