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Konta vs Bertens WTA Sydney Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Konta and Bertens meet in Sydney opener

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 6 Jan 2019
  • Johanna Konta vs Kiki Bertens is live from Sydney on Monday, 7 January from 1:30pm local time/ 2:30am GMT
  • Konta won their only previous WTA main draw meeting in Cincinnati in 2017
Johanna Konta. (Photo by DAVID MOIR/AFP/Getty Images)

Johanna Konta and Kiki Bertens meet in the first round of the Sydney International on Monday as both ladies attempt to bounce back from early exits at last week's Brisbane International.

Konta and Bertens suffered respective second-round losses in Brisbane to Ajla Tomljanovic and Donna Vekic, both of whom went on to make the semi-finals.

Konta had initially retired from the second qualifying round of the Sydney International due to a neck complaint, sparking fears over her participation at the Australian Open, but the British No. 1 gets into the main draw via the lucky loser route.

The 27-year-old was champion in Sydney in 2017 when she beat Agnieszka Radwanska in the final, but that outcome was reversed in 2018, as the Brit lost to Radwanska in the opening round. Her early Sydney exit set the tone for the struggles that were to follow.

Sydney-born Konta is looking to retrace her route to the top bracket of the women's game after tumbling out of the top 30 in a poor 2018. She had peaked at No. 4 in the world in 2017, when she claimed titles in Sydney and Miami and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon, but she failed to reproduce that form in 2018, with her best results being a runner-up finish in Nottingham and a semi-final in Moscow.

Now under new coach, Dimitri Zavialoff after splitting with Michael Joyce late last year, the 27-year-old made a bright enough start to the new year, beating world No. 6, Sloane Stephens 6-4 6-3 in her opening match in Brisbane, but she was then outhit by Tomljanovic in the second round, falling 6-2 7-6 to the powerful Aussie.

Her victory over Stephens in Brisbane was the 15th top-ten win of her career- can she make it No. 16 when she takes in Dutchwoman Bertens in Sydney on Monday?


Bertens would be gutted with the manner in which exited Brisbane last week, when she failed to convert two match points in her second round defeat to Donna Vekic.

Kiki Bertens. (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The world No. 9 had controlled large parts of that match against Vekic, but faltered late on as Vekic simultaneously raised her game in a dramatic finish. 

Bertens led 5-3 in the first set and had set point, but she lost the set on a tie break. The world No. 9 responded brilliantly in the second, running through Vekic for the loss of just one game, and she looked set to complete the win while serving at 5-4 40-15 in the third. To her credit, Vekic came up with some incredible points to rescue the match before going on to score the 7-6 6-1 7-5 upset.

Bertens had opened the season with an impressive three-set victory over world No. 12, Elise Mertens in her Brisbane opener; and will be keen to rebound from the disappointment of that Vekic defeat, and get back to winning ways when she takes on Konta in Sydney on Monday.

Previously known for her exploits in clay, Bertens emerged into an all-surface player last season as she mounted a charge into the top ten. The Dutch powerhouse won titles in Charleston, Cincinnati and Seoul, and was a finalist at the Premier Mandatory meet in Madrid. Bertens also reached the quarter finals at Wimbledon, beating Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova along the way, and qualified for the season-ending WTA Finals, where she made a fine semi-final.

Her 2018 success did not extend to Sydney, as she was stopped by Garbine Muguruza in the second round, but she will look to make up for that this year, starting off with a tricky first round meeting with Johanna Konta.

Konta won their only previous WTA main draw meeting in straight sets in Cincinnati in 2017, but their careers have taken different turns over the past year, with Konta falling away from the top ten, and Bertens powering into the WTA's elite group. Also significant is the major improvement Bertens made on hard courts last season, as she is a lot more positive and comfortable on the surface.

The higher-ranked Bertens goes into Monday’s as the favourite, but only a slight one for me, as former champion, Konta has already shown this year that she still possesses the tools to take down top-ten opposition. 

Johanna Konta vs Kiki Bertens is live from Sydney on Monday, 7 January from 1:30pm local time/ 2:30am GMT

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Konta vs Bertens WTA Sydney Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Konta and Bertens meet in Sydney opener

Johanna Konta takes on Kiki Bertens in the first round of the Sydney International on Monday. Can the British No. 1 outhit the Dutch powerhouse? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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