Konta beats Osaka, joins Pliskova in third round

Britain’s Johanna Konta beat Japan’s Naomi Osaka in two sets at the Australian Open on Thursday to claim a spot in the third round.

The match went with serve for the first eight games in a tight first set, leaving the duo tied at four games all, before number nine seed Konta managed to break after Osaka made three unforced errors.

Konta then served out to take the first set 6-4.

The second set was slightly more one-sided as Konta broke her opponent in the third game and again in the seventh game before serving out the set to win 6-2.

Konta now faces either Caroline Wozniacki or Donna Vekic in the third round.

Meanwhile, number five seed Karolina Pliskova raced into the third round with a crushing 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Russia’s Anna Blinkova.

Czech Pliskova was in sensational form against her unseeded opponent, breaking her serve in the opening game before securing two more breaks to claim the first set 6-0.

Pliskova started the second set in identical fashion, breaking Blinkova  before going on to win the set 6-2 and set up a third round match Jelena Ostapenko, who defeated Yulia the number 31 seed Putintseva 6-3, 6-1.

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