World No. 18 and number 15 seed Johanna Konta of Great Britain will take on Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, ranked 58th, in the second round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Saturday, May 1. Get the live streaming options of this Johanna Konta v Anastasija Sevastova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Johanna Konta v Anastasija Sevastova Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the British player, who is now 29, and the Latvian, who is two years older.
Konta Hunting for Clay Court Form
Konta chose to miss Britain’s Billie Jean King Cup match against Mexico recently so she could prepare for the clay court season. The British number one has been in indifferent form of late, and, prior to Thursday, had only won two previous matches in 2021.
She, therefore, would have viewed a match against Yulia Putintseva, the world number 30, from Kazakhstan, as a tough opening assignment but, in the end, she dealt with it very well.
The Brit had to save four break-points in her opening service game, but it was she who broke her opponent first. Putintseva immediately levelled, but Konta broke her once more, after a marathon ninth game, and served out for the set.
Growing in confidence, Konta broke the Ukrainian early in the second set, and then consolidated that with another break.
Putintseva saved two match points but could not prevent Konta from converting the third.
Latvian Qualifier Sevastova Moves Further
Sevastova, who is the number two Latvian player behind Jelena Ostapenko, created something of a name for herself in Miami, where she reached the quarter-finals, before eventually losing to Elina Svitolina.
Her ranking, though, was not high enough to earn automatic entry into the main draw in Madrid, and she had to come through two rounds of qualifying first, beating first Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria, and then Marta Kostyuk of the Ukraine.
She was given, though, a relatively benign draw aganst fellow qualifier Ana Bogdan of Romania and breezed through the first set without dropping a game.
Bogdan made more of a fight of it in the second set, and had a break point against the Latvian’s serve. Sevastova saved it and went on to break the Romanian next game.
And, serving to stay in the match, Bogdan was broken again to love.
Konta v Sevastova Prediction and Tip
Despite Konta’s win on Thursday, she is better known as a hard court player, whereas Sevastova was brought up on clay. That gives the Latvian an edge in this match.
Tip: Sevastova to win: 4/7 (bet365)