British No.1 Johanna Konta suffered defeat at Indian Wells
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
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British number one Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open with a three-set defeat to Karolina Pliskova.
Victory for Konta would have put her in with a chance of breaking into the top 20 of the world rankings for the first time, but she succumbed to a 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 6-3 loss to the big-hitting Czech.
She will head away from Indian Wells with regrets, though, after she had opportunities to get past the world number 19.
Konta found herself serving for the first set at 6-5 after breaking Pliskova for the second time, but she fluffed her lines and then was beaten in the tie-break to squander the advantage.
Defeat means Britain has still not had a women inside the top 20 since Jo Durie in 1987.
Elsewhere, Serena Williams made light work of Kateryna Bondarenko, advancing in straight sets to earn a quarter-final clash with Simona Halep.
In the men’s event, world number one Novak Djokovic secured safe passage to the last-16 with a straight sets win over German Phillipe Kohlschreiber.
The Serbian was too strong for Kohlschreiber., triumphing 7-5 7-5 in 100 minutes in Indian Wells.
Djokovic is joined in the fourth round by fourth seed Rafael Nadal, who battled hard to beat compatriot Fernando Verdasco.
Kei Nishikori was another winner as he beat American Steve Johnson 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga progressed with a 6-3 6-4 success over Sam Querrey.