Italian Start: Johanna Konta beats Hsieh Su-wei to role up meeting with Jelena Ostapenko

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British #1 Konta is ranked Twenty second within the arena

Johanna Konta will face French Start champion Jelena Ostapenko within the third spherical of the Italian Start after beating Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei in straight sets.

The British #1 needed 65 minutes to publish an assertive 6-Zero 6-4 victory within the second spherical in Rome.

Konta, who beat Magdalena Rybarikova within the first spherical, had lost to Hsieh in her Roland Garros opener final year.

Czech Karolina Pliskova is more likely to be fined after attacking the umpire’s chair at the side of her racquet after defeat.

The obsolete world #1 had argued with the officials after she had a fracture known as out, when serving at 30-30 and 5 games all within the closing role in opposition to Greece’s Maria Sakkari.

Television replays regarded to show that Pliskova’s shot had landed in, but line-name experiences on clay rely on bodily marks, none shall be stumbled on and Sakkari modified into as soon as awarded the level.

The arena number forty two transformed her fracture alternative and went on to take 3-6 6-3 7-5.

After the closing level, Pliskova exchanged a transient observe with Sakkari at the glean before leaving a hole within the umpire’s chair by many times hitting it at the side of her body.

Earlier within the day, high seed Simona Halep beat Naomi Osaka in straight sets.

The arena #1 from Romania needed decrease than an hour to beat her Jap opponent 6-1 6-Zero to attain the third spherical.

Halep, 26, modified into as soon as beaten by Elina Svitolina in final year’s closing and desires to attain the quarter-finals this week to retain her #1 rating.

She will play Madison Keys for a region within the final eight after the American US Start runner-up beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-Zero).

Simona Halep lost within the quarter-finals of the Madrid Start final week to Karolina Pliskova

Halep needed to place four fracture facets in her opening carrier game, but then reeled off 12 consecutive games to avenge her Indian Wells loss to eventual champion Osaka in March.

Osaka, 20, did no longer convert any of her six fracture-level opportunities, hitting 29 unforced errors to Halep’s 14.

France’s Caroline Garcia moreover eased into the third spherical with a 6-3 6-4 take over Hungary’s Timea Babos having reached the semi-finals in Madrid final week.

The seventh seed will subsequent play both American Sloane Stephens or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

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