Photo: Sergio LlameraJohanna Konta (GBR)
VANCOUVER, CANADA: 22-year-old Johanna Konta from Great Britain earned herself a second consecutive ITF Pro Circuit title this year, taking home the trophy from the $100,000 Vancouver tournament on Sunday.
Konta’s run to the final was not easy. In the first round she faced Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh, the top seed, ranked 99 places above the Brit. Johanna appeared to breeze through the meeting in two sets, 76(5) 64. Konta was pushed in the second round by fellow Brit, Jade Windley, who had come through Qualifying and forced her fellow compatriot in to a third set which Konta eventually came through 75 26 64.
In the quarter and semifinals, Konta knocked out the fifth and sixth seeds, Kurumi Nara (JPN) and Maryna Zanevska (UKR) to set up a tense final against the home favourite, Sharon Fichman (CAN).
Fichman went in to the final already having claimed silverware in the doubles event and with the confidence of a home crowd supporting her. Konta, spurred on by her recent run of good form, including the $25,000 Winnipeg title the week before went on to win the title in Vancouver 64 62 in 1 hour 20 minutes.
This week Konta competes in $25,000 Landisville, PA. Will she make it three titles in a row? Follow the live scores here.