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Jo Konta makes winning start to 2018 with comeback victory over Madison Keys

Konta triumphed 4-6 6-4 6-3 in the tough first round match against the world No.19


Jo Konta rediscovered her old form Down Under as she won her first match since August by beating US Open finalist Madison Keys.

British No.1 Konta was victorious in only two matches after reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals last year and ended her season in October with a foot injury after five consecutive defeats.

But back in the land of her birth, the 2016 Australian Open semi-finalist showed the fight which also won Sydney title last January by overcoming the world No.19 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Brisbane International.

It was also her first win with new coach Michael Joyce.

“It was my first match in quite a while and it was a tough first round,” Konta said. “It feels good to come through a match like that, especially in three sets and especially someone like her.

British No.1 Konta got the year off to a winning start (Image: Getty Images AsiaPac)

Konta overcame the world No.19 after losing the first set (Image: Getty Images AsiaPac)

“Madison is a great player. She has a big game so when my chances came I had to take them. But I never lost faith in my ability. And I think every player goes through periods in their career, multiple times, where things aren’t turning out the way that you want them to.”

Keys played only one more tournament after losing to Sloane Stephens in New York and ended her season in September with more wrist problems.

“It was damn good tennis,” said the American. “I haven’t played a match in four months, so it’s like a win for me. Played really well — she played better. I’m not that upset. If I played the way I played against most people today, I probably would have won.”

World No.9 Konta will face Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in the second round on Tuesday. The Croatian-born wildcard is making her return from a shoulder injury.

“I haven’t seen her play too much in the recent couple years just because I know she has struggled with injury but she’s a good player, I do know that,” Konta said. “It’s going to be a tough match.”

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