Johanna Konta is Oceane’s away from her best after defeat in Russian Federation

Ruben Hill
February 14, 2020

1, ranked 14th, has lost all three games she has played this year by leaving in the opening round of Brisbane International and the Australian Open.

She picked to miss out on Great Britain's Fed Cup play-off versus Slovakia, rather taking a wild card right into the WTA event in Russian Federation, where she got a first-round bye as the 4th seed. But the British No.1's lack of matches showed as she was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by qualifier Dodin.

Not only did that run earn Dodin the first set but the French number six, it also enabled her to take the decisive break in the first game of the second set. 34-year-old Russian lost to 22-year-old Swiss with a score of 6:7 (4:7), 4:6. Dodin's quarterfinal opponent will be No. 8 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, who eliminated France's Fiona Ferro 6-3, 6-4. The 2018 WTA Finals champ will certainly next off deal with Australian qualifier Storm Sanders.

No. 5 seed Magda Linette of Poland celebrated her 28th birthday with a 6-2, 6-2 first-round victory over Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko.

Meanwhile, Australia's runner-up Garbine Muguruza has joined the field next week for the Dubai Tax Free Tennis Championship.

The four-time Grand Slam champ Kim Clijsters will certainly make her go back to affordable tennis there.

It's not all positive news ahead of the tournament though, two key players have been forced to withdraw due to injury; Bianca Andreescu and Ashleigh Barty.

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