Britain’s out of form world number 20 Johanna Konta has a challenging first round encounter against Sorana Cirstea at the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Johanna Konta v Sorana Cirstea match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Johanna Konta v Sorana Cirstea Head to Head
On the WTA tour, Konta and Cirstea have faced off twice and both players have won one match apiece. Konta’s victory came on the grass-court surface of Eastbourne in 2017 while Cirstea managed a hard-fought win at the US Open last year.
They had earlier also met in a Fed Cup match in 2017 which Konta had won.
Konta Grappling for Form
Konta’s form has badly suffered in recent times as she continues to reel in losses since returning back to the sport after the pandemic break.
Having lost three of her last five matches towards the end of 2020, Konta has begun this season with just three victories from nine matches. On clay, she won her opener at the Madrid Open against Yulia Putintseva but followed that up with back to back losses, including a first round defeat in Rome.
That Konta picked up just nine games across the four sets against Anastasija Sevastova and Jelena Ostapenko underlines the kind of form issues she is facing at the moment.
And with the former world number four having typically struggled at Roland-Garros, albeit with one semifinal appearance to surprise a few, it looks like she will need to up the ante by a lot to get going here.
A Second Win for Cirstea?
A former world number 21, Cirstea had last won a WTA title in 2008. Since then, slowly but steadily her rankings had slid down the charts and by 2019, she had fallen to outside the top 100.
Things have changed nicely for Cirstea this season as she made a solid start to 2021 with a quarterfinal appearance at the Grampians Trophy and a third round appearance at the Australian Open.
The main course, however, was yet to arrive for the Romanian. Playing in her first clay court tournament for the season in Istanbul, Cirstea defeated the likes of Anastasia Potapova, Marta Kostyuk and Elise Mertens to lift only her second career WTA crown, some 13 years after her first!
It’s never too late as they say.
And while she does enter this competition on the back of a retirement at Strasbourg, suffering a leg injury, Cirstea will give herself a good chance in this one.
Konta v Cirstea Prediction and Tip
No surprises that Cirstea is a favourite at 4/9 but we also think her injury in Strasbourg will be a cause for concern. Konta might just be able to sneak in a set, if not more.