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Qatar Open: Johanna Konta beats Bernarda Pera in first round

Bernarda Pera (left) had received a surprise 6-Four 7-Five win over Johanna Konta in the second one spherical of the Australian Open closing month

Nice Britain’s Johanna Konta reached the second one spherical of the Qatar Open with a 7-6 (7-Five) 6-1 victory over American qualifier Bernarda Pera in Doha.

Konta was once taking part in her first event fit since her surprise defeat through 23-year-old Pera within the Australian Open 2nd spherical in January.

And the British primary received a measure of revenge with the win.

10th seed Konta, 26, will now play both Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro or Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine.

Somewhere else on the Qatar Open, American 12th seed Madison Keys beat Qiang Wang of China 6-1 6-Four, France’s Kristina Mladenovic gained 6-2 6-Four towards China’s Shuai Peng and Czech Petra Kvitova cruised to a 6-Zero 6-Three overcome Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay.

Previous this month, Konta helped Britain to wins over Estonia, Portugal and Hungary within the Europe/Africa Zone segment of the Fed Cup.

On Tuesday it was once introduced Britain would play an away tie towards Japan within the Fed Cup International Staff II play-offs in April as they target to succeed in the International Staff II for the primary time since 1993.

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