Johanna Konta has been talking about her growing comfort on clay recently, and she demonstrated it today with a superb 6-3, 6-0 victory over Yulia Putintseva in the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia.
“You need to play yourself a little bit into the match and into the tournament,” Konta said about the nearly two-hour victory. “I felt that my level did improve, especially at the beginning of that second set pretty much through to the end. I think scoreline-wise, it doesn’t really represent, one, the length of the match. We played just under two hours. We had a lot of games that were very much back and forth.