Johanna Konta losses another round to Fanny Stollar at the Charleston Open in South Carolina
Konta, who is British number 1 and world’s number 22 suffered a shocking second-round defeat to Stollar (world number 219) with 3-6 4-6.
Konta beat Stollar in the Fed Cup in February but this time around the 19-year-old Stollar came prepared to win. Konta lost 62% of points on her second serve and during the second set, she failed to force a break point leading to her loss.
Stollar said she knew Konta was tough but she came to the court with the mindset to just play her game to her level best and expect nothing.
“She is really tough to play against so I was coming here expecting nothing, I was just going to play my game and focus on every point. I really just tried to keep my serve, break hers, and keep her behind the baseline.”
This is exactly what she did and she emerged victoriously.
Sixth seed Konta was not the only one to suffer surprise shock; second seed Petra Kvitova was left in shock after losing to fellow country girl Kristyna Pliskova 6-1, 1-6, 3-6.
Kvitova is a two time Grand Slam Champion and had high hopes of winning this match against Pliskova especially after easing her way through the opening set breaking Pliskova five times; she, however, made 44 unforced errors in hit-or-miss performance.
Pliskova seized the moment and rose to the occasion, broke twice in the playoff and reigned in the end. The world number 77 said, “My serve was horrible in the first set, so I had to focus on my serve and the rest of the game was better then as well.”
Pliskova will face off with Russian Elena Vesnina who reigned over America’s Taylor Townsend 6-4 6-1.
We will be keeping tabs on German fifth seed Julia Gorges as well who is set to face Japan’s Naomi Osaka after beating America’s Kristie Ahn 2-6 6-4 7-6. Osaka won her first WTA title at the Indian Wells. The third round will see Madison Keys the US Open finalist against Italian Camila Giorgi after defeating Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena 6-1 3-6 6-3.