• Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

Monterrey Open: Johanna Konta beats Kim Clijsters

Johanna Konta

British number one Johanna Konta has beaten Kim Clijsters 6-3 7-5 at the Monterrey Open to claim her first win of 2020.

Johanna Konta who failed to convert two early break points made the breakthrough in the seventh as she won four straight games to take the first set.

The second set was much tighter and looked set for a tie-break but an unforced error from the 36-year-old Belgian, Kim Clijsters handed Konta the win.

It was only Clijster’s second match since coming out of retirement.

The five-time Grand Slam champion had lost to Spain’s Garbine Muguruza on her WTA return at the Dubai Tennis Championships last month.

Konta, 28, who missed the end of 2019 with a knee injury, had lost in the first round of the Brisbane International, Australian Open and St Petersburg Ladies Trophy this year.