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Britain’s Konta sets up meeting with Stephens in Rome

Johanna Konta

Britain’s Johanna Konta will play American Sloane Stephens in the Italian Open second round after a straight-sets win over her compatriot Alison Riske.

Konta, 27, took fewer than 90 minutes to defeat Riske 6-4 6-1 in the first round in Rome.

The British number one beat 2017 US Open champion Stephens in Brisbane in January – their only previous meeting.

Serena Williams is also through to the second round after beating Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 6-4 6-2.

The four-time Rome champion will face sister Venus, the 1999 champion, in the second round.

Venus beat Belgium’s Elise Mertens 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7-4).

Konta’s victory on Monday was her sixth clay court win of the year.

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BBC Sport – Tennis

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