Konta beats Keys in Brisbane opener
Johanna Konta battled back from a set down to defeat Madison Keys in the first round of the Brisbane International on Monday.
The 26-year-old British number one endured a disappointing second half to the past year as she slipped from fourth in the world rankings to ninth having gone on a five-match losing streak stretching back from her last win at the Cincinnati Open in August.
And, things looked bleak for Konta when she was handed a difficult opening game against 22-year-old American and 2017 US Open finalist, Keys, in Brisbane.
But, despite losing the first set against the world number 19, Konta battled back to seal an impressive 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory under the watchful eye of her new coach Michael Joyce.
Speaking afterwards, Konta told BT Sport: "It was my first match in quite a while and it was a tough first round, Madison is a great player. She has a big game so when my chances came I had to take them."
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