Johanna Konta makes strong start in Elite Trophy quest

Top seed Brit Johanna Konta cruised to victory on day two at the WTA Elite Trophy event in Zhuhai yesterday, beating Australian Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2.

It was Konta’s first time back on court since withdrawing from the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open with an abdominal injury.

“Against a player like Sam, who plays such a big ball and has such a big game, I really had to do my best to stay there for every single point and take my chances whenever they came,” Konta said.

The decisive win during the US$2.2 million tournament guarantees her a spot in the top 10 of world players.

In the day’s other matches, world number 18 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland bounced back from a loss to China’s Zhang Shuai to defeat Hungary’s Timea Babos 6-4, 6-2 while Czech Petra Kvitova won 6-1, 6-2 in straight sets over Roberta Vinci of Italy.

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