Australian Open 2016: Match Preview

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Johanna Konta vs. Shuai Zhang

Match Date: 27 January 2016

Just in time as Johanna Konta made a history after reaching the quarter finals. Konta is the first British woman to reach the Grand Slam quarter-finals after 32 years after defeating Ekaterina Makarova. Tomorrow Konta will go against Chinese tennis player Shuia Zhang, who beat Madison Keys.

Player Analysis

Johanna Konta

Who would have thought that the 24-years old British representative will move from rank number 150 to 47? Before the said match against Makarova, Konta had manage to beat Garbin Muguruza and Andrea Petkovic back in New York, and she also manage to defeat the world #2 Simone Halep at the Wuhan Open in China in 2015.

Happiness can never be conceal by Konta after beating Makarova with a final score of 4-6 6-4 8-6. This has been an important part of British tennis history because the drought for going to quarter finals have end – the last time that they’ve got this far is through the help of Jo Durie in 1984.

With oozing confidence that she have right now there’s a huge possibility for her to obtain a good career in tennis. British fans were surely happy with the achievement that Konta have, and is hoping that their representative can have another memorable win over Zhang.

Shuai Zhang

It’s an another surprising news but this time it is in favored of the Chinese community as the world #133 knocked out Madison Keys. The fourteen consecutive losing streaks have finally ended by the 27-years old Shuia Zhang.

Zhang gets to secured one of the last eight positions in Melbourne, the three set have ended with a final score of 3-6 6-3 6-3. On a recent interview the Chinese player said that she is not yet thinking about the upcoming match, and as for if she is threaten to her upcoming rival Konta she stated that she have played with her competitor several times before. She also knows her well, and all she hopes to have is a good fight.

Prediction

This is one of the most unpredictable matches that will happen in Australian open. Both shows a great job in their recent match, but this one will show who is hungry for a win. Who will advance to semi-finals and who will be left behind? It’s a battle of two countries that wants to gain momentum.

It will be a tough match, but Konta have a greater advantage to win on the said match. Tennis fans should not set aside the fact that Zhang can also perform well, is just that this match belongs to the British community.

 

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