Dominant Williams sees off Konta to reach Rome quarters

Sandy Mccarthy
May 19, 2017

Britain's Johanna Konta was knocked out of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia after succumbing to a three-set defeat to Venus Williams in Rome.

"It's good that I could change in the third set, and I changed exactly to what I did in the first set and that went very well for me, opening the court and just taking off a little bit the power", the Romanian said.

Konta had beaten Williams the last three times they played, but Williams jumped in front this time as Konta committed 13 unforced errors in the first set.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam victor, faces either Julia Gorges or Garbine Muguruza in the quarter-finals. It's so even that I felt today like if I didn't play well and concentrated, I could have easily lost this match.

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However, the French Open champion rallied to reclaim the break and close out the match to set up a quarter-final against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro, who saw off Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-6 (7-4) 6-3. One day after beating No. 1-ranked German Angelique Kerber in straight sets, Kontaveit easily defeated 16th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia, 6-1, 6-1.

In the absence of Maria Sharapova, who was denied wildcard entry, and Serena Williams through pregnancy, the women's draw in Paris looks incredibly open.

Unseeded Daria Gavrilova stunned Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova to reach the final eight of the competition with a 2-6 7-5 6-4 victory.

Eighth match won in a row for Simona Halep. The American player was down 3-1 in the head to head meetings as she had only won against Konta in 2015 Wuhan.

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