Johanna Konta beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Dubai Duty Free Championships

Johanna Konta

British number one Johanna Konta reached the last 16 of the Dubai Duty Free Championships with a straight-set win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Konta, the world number 12 and seventh seed, beat the Russian 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to become the first British woman to win a main-draw match at the tournament.

The 26-year-old will play Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the next round.

“I’m very happy to have come through that,” said Konta, who reached the Qatar Open quarter-finals last week.

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