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 could face sister Venus, the 1999 champion in Rome, in the second round.

Venus faces Belgium’s Elise Mertens later on Monday.

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

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