Johanna Konta in confident mood


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Johanna Konta feels she is in decent form at the French Open and will be a tough opponent for anyone in the tournament.

The 28-year-old has reached the third round at Roland Garros for the first time and will face Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova on Friday for a place in the last 16.

It is all a far cry from her previous clay-court experience, with the British number one enjoying little success on the red dirt.

The Australian-born ace, 1.57 to progress, kicked off her Paris experience by beating 22-year-old German Antonia Lottner in straight sets before moving past Lauren Davis of America in three sets.

Konta complained of feeling unwell in the lead-up to and during her match with Davis but managed to prevail 6-3 in the third. A clash with either Belinda Bencic or Donna Vekic awaits the winner and Konta seems upbeat about her chances on Friday and beyond, with Kuzmova on offer at 2.40.

“I’m definitely playing good tennis right now,” she said.

“I think I’m competing well. I think when I’m presented with tough situations out there, I keep a cool head. “And I’m managing to problem-solve well, which makes me difficult to play.”

The pair have never met on the professional circuit although they have practised together in the past but it will be a step into the unknown for both stars.

Konta is priced at 34.00 to win the tournament while her opponent can be back at 126.00 to shock the tennis world and lift the trophy.

Simona Halep is the 3.40 favourite ahead of Naomi Osaka at 8.50 while Serena Williams can be back at 13.00.

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