Johanna Konta vs. Marketa Vondrousova
|Date & Time||Friday May 17, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Vondrousova -117 / Konta +103 -- Over/Under:
Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova meet in the quarterfinal of the 2019 tennis Italian Open.
Johanna Konta is coming off a straight sets win over Venus Williams that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Konta won 68 percent of her first serve points and 56 percent of her second serve points. Konta won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her nine break points. Konta has won six of her seven sets this tournament and is coming off a match in which she got 70 percent of her first serves in play. With six aces and no double faults, Konta is going to be a tough out if she can repeat that effort. Konta has a chance to win four matches in a single tournament for the second time in her last three tries. Konta has won eight of her last 10 matches on clay court.
Marketa Vondrousova is coming off a three sets win over Daria Kasatkina that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Vondrousova won 55 percent of her first serve points and 46 percent of her second serve points. Vondrousova won 51 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 15 break points. Vondrousova continues what has been an impressive three month stretch where she’s really flexed her muscle and is probably playing her most consistent tennis at this very moment. Vondrousova is finding ways to grind out wins no matter how they come, but she played six sets and about four and a half hours of tennis yesterday, so fatigue has to be a factor entering this contest. Vondrousova hopes to win at least four matches for the fifth straight tournament. Vondrousova has won seven of her last eight matches on clay court.
These two have played once, which was 2018 Indian Wells, a match Vondrousova won in straight sets. The match took 23 games to be decided.
Vondrousova is probably playing the better tennis at the moment, but she was highly inconsistent with her serve in her last match and fatigue may be catching up to her. Vondrousova has made several deep runs these last couple of months and just played over four hours of tennis yesterday due to the rain delay on Wednesday. Konta should be able to take advantage of this and work her way to the semifinals.
Konta gets the victory.